Elderly brand cuts to bus services unacceptable

ELDERLY villagers are upset over cuts to their buses to Didcot.

From Sunday, Thames Travel is changing its service meaning villagers in Long Wittenham will only have two buses into Didcot each day, with the second service returning immediately — effectively one return service each day. This compares with four return services to Didcot a day now. There will be no services on Sundays or public holidays.

From Sunday, people in Long Wittenham going shopping in town will have to get the 10.34am bus and return on the 1.50pm.

Pensioner Dorothy Winter, of Saxons Heath, wrote to Thames Travel saying: “We have no shop or post office, and since my husband gave up driving we have been users of the bus service.

“Thames Travel are cutting the service to one a day and we will have to stay in Didcot almost four hours, which is unacceptable.”

Parish council chairman Tom Bowtell said: “We are really cross, especially because there has been no consultation.”

Thames Travel said Oxfordshire County Council had cut its subsidy for the services. The council declined to comment.

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10:36am Thu 5 Dec 13

Anon Coward says...

indeed.. who would want to stay in Didcot for almost 4 hours ;)
indeed.. who would want to stay in Didcot for almost 4 hours ;) Anon Coward

2:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

icba1957 says...

The council didn't cut the subsidy; Thames Travel surrendered the contract, presumably thinking they could hold the council to ransom.
When the council tendered for a lower level of service they were caught out and now they're trying to blame others for their own failings.
The council didn't cut the subsidy; Thames Travel surrendered the contract, presumably thinking they could hold the council to ransom. When the council tendered for a lower level of service they were caught out and now they're trying to blame others for their own failings. icba1957

10:34am Fri 6 Dec 13

horsham says...

It is not only Long Wittenham that are hit. There will be no buses running through Culham, all services have been axed. I have complained to Thames Travel but they say it is lack of passengers - I don't believe that. The comment above from icba1957 is interesting and if true shows why the services have been cut. It's easy to blame passenger numbers without giving numbers. My children, both schooling at Didcot will now have to either get into Abingdon or Sutton Courtenay to get a bus.

No consultation from Thames Travel and only two weeks notice before the buses end, I'm disgusted with them. They are rubbish and they don't care
It is not only Long Wittenham that are hit. There will be no buses running through Culham, all services have been axed. I have complained to Thames Travel but they say it is lack of passengers - I don't believe that. The comment above from icba1957 is interesting and if true shows why the services have been cut. It's easy to blame passenger numbers without giving numbers. My children, both schooling at Didcot will now have to either get into Abingdon or Sutton Courtenay to get a bus. No consultation from Thames Travel and only two weeks notice before the buses end, I'm disgusted with them. They are rubbish and they don't care horsham

6:20am Mon 9 Dec 13

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6:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Adrian1 says...

The problem with cutting back in such a manner is that the unprofitable passengers normally find an alternative, which some of the profitable passengers then join, the feed into the profitable hubs lessens, more cuts ensue. It's a downwards spiral, I suggest any forwards looking investors get their money out now and invest it in local taxi firms, looks to me like the bus company is set to go under soon.
The problem with cutting back in such a manner is that the unprofitable passengers normally find an alternative, which some of the profitable passengers then join, the feed into the profitable hubs lessens, more cuts ensue. It's a downwards spiral, I suggest any forwards looking investors get their money out now and invest it in local taxi firms, looks to me like the bus company is set to go under soon. Adrian1

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