Derbyshire Couunty Council is proposing to make drastic cuts in its subsidised bus services.
Those of us who live in Hayfield will be badly affected, particularly with access to Stepping Hill Hospital, which is bad enough (leading to only one bus an hour connecting with one in Marple), and I hope that everyone will make their objections known in no uncertain terms. For those with an appointment at Stepping Hill, the very earliest they could get there by public transport would now be no sooner than 11.30am.
However, in addition, and without any publicity whatsoever, DCC has decided to withdraw the use of the concessionary bus passes from the 9.29am no 358 service from Hayfield, all for the sake of one minute. How mean is that? If the 9.29am leaves one minute late, at 9.30am, the passes are valid. If it leaves on time, then passengers are expected to walk a few hundred yards to catch the bus at the next stop, but by the time they find out their pass is invalid, they can’t get to the next stop on time. For most of those who rely on bus passes, this is not an option.
DCC needs to be reminded just what the bus pass means to most people, particularly in rural villages like Hayfield. Sadly, because we are so far removed from the ‘seat of power’ of the county council they have no idea whatsoever.
If Greater Manchester can give its residents free use of buses and trains, then why is DCC being so parsimonious?