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Evening / Sunday Bus Service Cuts From Sept `15 Of Great Concern To Students Watch

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    For those of you who have, or would like, to read my previous articles and are concerned about the proposed cuts to Hertfordshire County Council funded Mon-Sats evening (from 7.30 pm) and Sunday/ bank holiday bus services ( as the latter outside London run to a Sunday timetable), for which it is intended by Hertfordshire County Council to run only council contracted/funded services buses on these days that serve hospitals until 7.30 pm:

    The Hertfordshire County Council Highways And Waste Management Panel followed by endorsement of full Council a few days later, voted in favour of the cuts from September 2015.

    There seemed to be an assumption by HCC that the likes of The U Of H, UNO, Arriva(who run the 300/301) would pick up the tabs and run most of the services themselves.

    Not so.

    The last I heard is that Arriva may run a limited evening commercial 301 service which will only stay if sufficiently patronised, and The U Of H may pay for run one late evening 602 to Watford and back. As it currently stands with the proposals the last weekday UNO 602 through to Watford will be as early as 17.45 from Hatfield rail station, although a little common sense in all this madness has prevailed in as much because the bus is garaged at the UNO depot in Hatfield Business Park it will work back from Watford at 19.55 arriving Hatfield 21.30. A similar arrangement will be the Arriva 301 which leaves Hemel Hempstead at around 19.10 will work back to Stevenage where it is garaged as a service bus arriving around 21.10.

    All routes and times in the firing line can be found by going to the HCC website www.hertsdirect.org/busconsult then table A - routes and timetables for contract services affected by the proposals

    Also visit www.save-our-buses.org.uk/petition which also has a link.

    Make no mistake, they certainly will be noticed. I have also heard that because of the severity of cuts one bus company is talking of pulling out of Hertfordshire all together.

    You are all very quiet these days- Any comments?
 
 
 
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