Sometimes, but very very infrequently, councillors receive compliments, rather than gripes and groans. This is one such instrance:
Just a quick mail to thank you for your sterling but unfortunately unsuccessful efforts to get a half decent P bus service from Stagecoach for residents of Cowick.
I am sorry that your input has fallen on deaf ears but that is to be expected with Stagecoach, as they appear to always treat their customers (and Councillors it would seem!) with contempt.
I understand that they are a profit making organisation but some consideration for bus users would be good, as they are always more than happy to take all the subsidies that are on offer!
They complete miss the point when they talk about Crossmead passengers as it is not just that area that has no bus to the Health Centre but all of Cowick, including Barley farm Road, Berkshire Drive, Charnley Avenue, High Meadows Isleworth Road etc, etc
In a letter recently to Cllr Newcombe my wife wrote :–
“Regarding a bus service to access the local Health Centre for Cowick residents.
A simple solution would be for the current P bus to follow its present route until reaching the bottom of Isleworth Road where it could turn right into Buddle Lane, taking it down into Cowick Street, past the Health Centre and following the same route on its return journey.
Currently THREE buses from Exwick go along Buddle lane, so therefore go past the Health Centre (WHY??)
One could be diverted along Okehampton road to cover the gap left by the P bus.
If a bus covers Dunsford Road only this still excludes the majority of Cowick residents from accessing the Health Centre easily.”
Is this too simple for Stagecoach to understand or is it just that they are too arrogant to listen to ideas and reason?
Anyway I have had my moan. Thank you again for all your help and interest.