Angry bus-users' tell Totton town council they want their bus route back

Daily Echo: APPEAL: David and Diane  Olley with their daughter Abi and Cllr Chris Lagdon APPEAL: David and Diane Olley with their daughter Abi and Cllr Chris Lagdon

HELP us get our bus back!

That is the message to Totton town council over a key bus service to the hospital that will be cut in the next few days.

It comes after First Hampshire announced its number 10 service from Totton to Southampton was being cut because it was no longer financially viable, which sparked anger from Totton residents who would no longer be able to access the hospital through public transport.

But Southampton City Council has agreed to fund a new £86,000 service linking the city centre, station and hospital at peak times, replacing some of the number 10 route.

Totton residents are still cut off from the new service, which runs between the city centre and St James Road, Dale Valley Road, Lordswood and Lordshill North.

Now Totton councillor Chris Lagdon is calling for town chiefs to team up with new provider Velvet to pick up the rest of the lost route.

Cllr Lagdon, who also sits on New Forest District Council, said: “The district council has a policy of not subsidising public transport. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel at the moment. But I plan to speak at the next town council meeting and see if there’s anything we can do to contact Velvet and ask if they are prepared to take on the Totton leg of the route with our help.

“I don’t know where we will find the money for it, but it’s got to be worth asking the question.

The idea of someone who wants to visit the General having to go to Shirley to get the bus is a joke.”

Totton Town Council currently subsidises two local Bluestar services.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We understand that many of our residents depend on bus travel between the city centre and Southampton General Hospital so we took swift action to restore a bus service along most of the routes covered by the First number 10 bus service withdrawn last year.

“I am sure that many residents will be grateful for the return of a bus service along this popular route as they continue to travel sustainably around our city. I would like to remind all residents planning to travel around the local area to use the new online MyJourney planner tool as it has all of the information needed for local travel by rail, bus or foot on one website.”

The city council recommends Totton residents wanting to go to the General should get the number three service from the Fourport Hill stop on Shirley Road, near Southampton Central Station.

Residents travelling to the General from Millbrook can still do so via the First number 12 service which runs every 20 minutes.

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11:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

focus19 says...

Shame Bluestar are to Scared or wont take on these routes as they fear a back lash from First Bus, Myself and other residents have e-mail wrote to bluestar and never had replies or had some feeble excuse.
Shame Bluestar are to Scared or wont take on these routes as they fear a back lash from First Bus, Myself and other residents have e-mail wrote to bluestar and never had replies or had some feeble excuse. focus19

12:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

solomum says...

Totton residents NEED this bus to continue. To get a bus to Fourpost Hill in Shirley and then another bus to the General hospital is absurd. Not only does it add extra journey time, but also the cost of 2 return fares. For a lot of residents needing to get to the hospital, this is a financial outlay that they cannot afford. So much for public transport.
Totton residents NEED this bus to continue. To get a bus to Fourpost Hill in Shirley and then another bus to the General hospital is absurd. Not only does it add extra journey time, but also the cost of 2 return fares. For a lot of residents needing to get to the hospital, this is a financial outlay that they cannot afford. So much for public transport. solomum

12:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bagamn says...

Does this mean that Southampton City council is sponsoring New Forest District Councils liabilities to supply transport? If we can't support our own funded transport, why should we support Councils outside our boundaries. We will be paying for the West |End and Hedge End buses next. Jaqui Rayment should not waste any more money on roads and transport. The Itchen Bridge is one of her follies.
Does this mean that Southampton City council is sponsoring New Forest District Councils liabilities to supply transport? If we can't support our own funded transport, why should we support Councils outside our boundaries. We will be paying for the West |End and Hedge End buses next. Jaqui Rayment should not waste any more money on roads and transport. The Itchen Bridge is one of her follies. Bagamn

12:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

billy_whizz says...

No great surprise that a private company cuts a route that doesn't make it money. Remember, First Bus are a business, not a service.
No great surprise that a private company cuts a route that doesn't make it money. Remember, First Bus are a business, not a service. billy_whizz

6:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

cantthinkofone says...

Renationalise the buses and the rail, so that we can have a transport system set up to serve the needs of communities rather than shareholders.
Renationalise the buses and the rail, so that we can have a transport system set up to serve the needs of communities rather than shareholders. cantthinkofone

11:45am Sat 4 Jan 14

Bella73 says...

Well the service is good in the day but if you wait in a&e to long you miss the last bus and I had to walk guiding my disabled husband on crutches all the way down to the main road at redbridge , totally need a better service running to and from the hospital networks for patients visitors and workers at the hospitals
Well the service is good in the day but if you wait in a&e to long you miss the last bus and I had to walk guiding my disabled husband on crutches all the way down to the main road at redbridge , totally need a better service running to and from the hospital networks for patients visitors and workers at the hospitals Bella73

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