Labour councillors have secured a committment from council officers to think again about bus services to Cam and Dursley railway station.
Stagecoach has axed all buses going to Cam & Dursley Station from Dursley and Cam, leaving passengers – many of whom make the journey as part of their daily commute – bewildered, frustrated and stranded.
Cllrs Wendy Thomas (Dursley) and John Bloxsom (Rodborough) raised local concerns with Gloucestershire County Council’s Integrated Transport Unit, which agreed that having a bus-rail link needs another look.
Wendy Thomas said: “Guidance from the Department for Transport supports having more bus–rail links rather than fewer. If we’re serious about cutting carbon emissions and reducing congestion this service must be reinstated.”
The Labour councillors have also demanded Stagecoach to communicate better with passengers after the controversial introduction of a new timetable saw 45 buses from Stroud to Gloucester via Dursley cancelled in just eight days.
Wendy Thomas said: “We’re hearing stories of passengers stranded at bus stops on their way to work or to hospital appointments. It is unacceptable to have these buses cancelled at such short notice that passengers can’t make alternative travel plans.
“Public transport, particularly in rural areas such as Stroud, has to be reliable and integrated if we are to encourage people to leave their cars behind. We’ll continue doing all we can to lobby for improved services for the people who rely on buses and trains in their day-to-day lives.”
If you would like to attend an online meeting with the county’s Integrated Transport Unit in October, please contact either Wendy Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)