We have today received an e-mail from Chris Ward at Nottinghamshire County Council with regard to the bus services as follows:-
Subject: Revised Bus Service
Good morning Janice,
We have received a number of emails regarding the revised bus services, the most recent of which asks for further information ahead of your Parish Council meeting this week.
We sent a full reply to the Cropwell Bishop Parish Council re their initial concerns regarding the new bus services. This makes a commitment to review the services later this year when they have been operational for a couple of months. Once we have the operational data and customer feedback we can judge, along with Trent Barton, if any changes are needed. We can then also have further discussions with all the Parish Councils. We need to remember that the new service operates to a number of villages who seem very pleased with them.
At the current time there is nothing further that I can add to our previous responses.
Team Manager, Transport & Planning Operations
Transport & Travel Services
The Parish Councils Response is as follows:-
Villages such as Granby, Elton, Orston, Aslockton, and Whatton may well be pleased with the new service as they now have 2 buses per hour to Nottingham as well as sensible links to Bingham.
Some villages (Langar, Barnstone, Granby) also have the number 24 service which runs in to Bingham every couple of hours. Aslockton has its rail services.
What does Cropwell have ? – One unreliable bus to Nottingham each hour, and a 45 minute rural journey to Bingham (provided you set off back from Bingham before 14.10).
Can the County not see the imbalance of the current provision. Payments to Trent Barton for the rural Vale services have increased from £375 per day to £524 per day (which does include a replacement for the old 55) but our service to Cropwell has been drastically cut with the daytime 22 removed leaving only the unreliable Green into Town and the odd 853 service to Cotgrave. This represents extremely poor value for money spent and leaves the residents of Cropwell disappointed and frustrated at the poor service.
Residents should continue to report their problems with the bus service to the County ( Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org ) and to Trent Barton ( email@example.com ) The Parish Clerk, Jan Towndrow (firstname.lastname@example.org ) will forward on any complaints she receives.
Cllr. J.G. 3/9/14