Fears for elderly after Hereford bus service cut

Fears for elderly after Hereford bus service cut

People at Great Western Court are trying to save their bus service. 1430_10001Photo: James Maggs.

People at Great Western Court are trying to save their bus service. 1430_10002Photo: James Maggs.

People at Great Western Court are trying to save their bus service.1430_10003Photo: James Maggs.

People at Great Western Court are trying to save their bus service.1430_10004PhotoL James Maggs.

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ELDERLY people living at a housing complex in Hereford fear they could be confined to their homes after losing their regular bus service.

The 905 bus ferries residents from Great Western Court across the city centre, and stops at the County Hospital and near the railway station.

But the service is due to be withdrawn from August 31.

"Words cannot express the disappointment I felt on learning that yet another public service is to disappear," said resident Marion Jones.

"The effect on this cancellation on the elderly will be devastating.

"If they are to retain a degree of normality and dignity they will be forced into using taxis, a luxury they can ill-afford.

"The alternative would be to confine themselves to their homes, thereby placing an even greater strain on the NHS."

Fellow resident Joy Goff said a petition has started to save the service and a meeting is due to be held at Great Western Court on Monday.

In total, more than 60 bus services in the county will be reduced, including many evening and Sunday services.

Herefordshire Council says that the changes are part of its aim to save £33million by 2017.

However, Scott Morris fears that he will not be able to get back to his Weobley home after finishing work in Hereford because there will be no evening services.

"I believed the council was trying to get more people on public transport, to help reduce our carbon footprint and free up much needed parking spaces, but this outcome will prove detrimental to both," said Mr Morris.

The Rail for Herefordshire group has been actively campaigning for better transport in the county, including protecting bus services.

Spokesman John Thorne said planned cuts will have a big impact.

"There will be very few buses or no buses at all on Sundays and at evenings," said Mr Thorne.

"Herefordshire is a very rural county and people will not be able to come into the city, which will be very unfortunate."

Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member for roads and transport, said the council has been working closely with bus operators to explore savings.

"We have taken opportunities to integrate some contracts and ensure more efficient use of vehicles and drivers," he said.

The full list can be viewed at herefordshire.gov.uk/bus-service-changes

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12:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

JohnBoym458 says...

Once again the elderly and vulnerable people of the city are to suffer.......words fail me!!!!!
Once again the elderly and vulnerable people of the city are to suffer.......words fail me!!!!! JohnBoym458
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Thu 7 Aug 14

littlewhitebull says...

JohnBoym458 wrote:
Once again the elderly and vulnerable people of the city are to suffer.......words fail me!!!!!
Quite agree, JohnBoym458.
Whilst I understand the need to make cuts due to the financial state, the council continues to produce meaningless documentation required by national government. Sadly, the council's words do not always match their actions.
For instance:
"The ability to access key services is recognised as an essential part of everyday life for many people in Herefordshire. However, for many people this is not the reality and they are disadvantaged by the way mainstream services are delivered. Transport plays a key role in providing people with the opportunity to access key services and forms one of the national goals for transport. Herefordshire Council are committed to increasing the way residents access the services they require on a day to day basis."
[quote][p][bold]JohnBoym458[/bold] wrote: Once again the elderly and vulnerable people of the city are to suffer.......words fail me!!!!![/p][/quote]Quite agree, JohnBoym458. Whilst I understand the need to make cuts due to the financial state, the council continues to produce meaningless documentation required by national government. Sadly, the council's words do not always match their actions. For instance: "The ability to access key services is recognised as an essential part of everyday life for many people in Herefordshire. However, for many people this is not the reality and they are disadvantaged by the way mainstream services are delivered. Transport plays a key role in providing people with the opportunity to access key services and forms one of the national goals for transport. Herefordshire Council are committed to increasing the way residents access the services they require on a day to day basis." littlewhitebull
  • Score: 7

12:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

dippyhippy says...

I would suggest that all members of our ruling Cabinet , make their way to and from the many meetings/jollies they attend by bus. This would not only show them how valuable and necessary public transport is in such a rural area, it would probably save us quite a few quid, with their expenses!!
I would suggest that all members of our ruling Cabinet , make their way to and from the many meetings/jollies they attend by bus. This would not only show them how valuable and necessary public transport is in such a rural area, it would probably save us quite a few quid, with their expenses!! dippyhippy
  • Score: 4

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