Pushing for a Bus Service that serves Us

A meeting was held at Colston Bassett on 28th January with Chris Ward (Team Manager, Transport and planning operations, Notts County Council) and representatives of the Parishes affected by the County sponsored ’853′ bus service. There have been many complaints about the adequacy, timekeeping and poor quality of this service.

Statistics prepared by the County showed at the most 2 and usually 0 (Zero) people per day used the service from Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler. The meeting agreed that it would be preferable to separate the Kinoulton/Hickling to Keyworth service from the Colston/Owthorpe/Cotgrave/Cropwell service.

There was uncertainty about the need for a direct service to Morrisons supermarket. (I understand the Friday bus to Morrisons and Asda has very few shoppers from Cropwell)

Following the meeting Chris came up with some suggestions for an 852/853/854 service.

Keyworth – Widmerpool – Kinoulton – Keyworth 852
Monday to Saturday
KEYWORTH Square – 1005 1105 1205 1305 1405
Widmerpool – 1015 1115 1215 1315 1415
Willoughby on the Wolds – 1020 1120 1220 1320 1420
Hickling Main Street 0935 1035 1135 1235 1335 1435
KINOULTON Main Street 0940 1040 1140 1240 1340 1440
Kinoulton Kinoulton Lane 0945 1045 1145 1245 1345 1445
Stanton on the Wolds 0955 1055 1155 1255 1355 -
KEYWORTH Square 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 -

Morrisons – Cotgrave – Cropwells – Morrisons 853
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only
GAMSTON Morrisons – 1009 1109 1309 1409
COTGRAVE – 1015 1115 1315 1415
Cropwell Butler – 1025 1125 1325 1425
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 0930 1030 1130 1330 1430
Colston Bassett Dairy 0940 1040 1140 1340 1440
Owthorpe 0945 1045 1145 1345 1445
COTGRAVE 0955 1055 1155 1355 1455
GAMSTON Morrisons 1001 1101 1201 1401 -

Cotgrave – Cropwells – Bingham 854
Tuesday and Thursday only
COTGRAVE – 1115 1315
Owthorpe – 1125 1325
Colston Bassett Dairy 0930 1130 1330
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 0940 1140 1340
Cropwell Butler 0945 1145 1345
BINGHAM Church Street 1000 1200 1400
BINGHAM Church Street 1010 1210 1410
Cropwell Butler 1025 1225 1425
Cropwell Bishop Hoe View Road 1030 1230 1430
Colston Bassett Dairy 1040 1240 1440
Owthorpe 1045 1245 1445
COTGRAVE 1055 1255 1455

It is my view that the 853/854 bus could be better used to serve Cropwell; see Better Options http://www.cropwellbishopplan.co.uk/pdf_files/Extending%2022%20and%20853%20service%20210215.pdf

The next meeting was held at Barnstone on 10th February, to discuss issues associated with the Rushcliffe Greens service. Again Chris Ward invited one representative from each of the communities affected. Christian Allen Clay attended on behalf of Trent Barton.

Whilst many problems were aired it was a constructive meeting with both the County and Trent Barton agreeing to address the issues where they can (Please see Notes on this meeting). http://www.cropwellbishopplan.co.uk/pdf_files/Rushcliffe%20Greens%20Meeting%20Notes.pdf

At the meetings, I continued to push for reinstatement of the 22 type service to serve Cropwell Bishop and in particular Hoe View Road. My suggestions for an extended 22 service (or failing that a much improved 853 service) have been circulated to Chris Ward and the Parish representatives.(See Better Options link above)

My thanks to Cllr Richard Butler and Cllr Gordon Moore who have been extremely supportive of Cropwell Bishop’s needs throughout the discussions.

We are now awaiting further proposals from the County and Trent Barton.

Cllr John Greenwood

21/02/15