Axing bus service will leave us isolated, claim residents

Oxford Mail: Tina Keenor, Arbabul Chowdhury, Reece West and his mum, Elizabeth Cavanagh, are angry at plans to scrap the 4C bus service from Oxford to Dean Court Tina Keenor, Arbabul Chowdhury, Reece West and his mum, Elizabeth Cavanagh, are angry at plans to scrap the 4C bus service from Oxford to Dean Court

RESIDENTS are protesting against plans to cut a bus service linking Oxford with Dean Court, near Cumnor, insisting it will leave them isolated.

Oxford Bus Company has announced it is scrapping its 4C service – which connects Wood Farm and the city with Dean Court, near Cumnor.

The 4B route, which serves other parts of Cumnor, will be improved, but residents of Dean Court say the 4C – their only bus service – is a lifeline.

News that the route will be axed from Sunday, January 26, has been greeted with dismay in the area, with some residents saying they will be forced to take taxis.

Arbabul Chowdhury lives in Botley but uses the bus to get to the Yasmin Store on the estate, where he has worked for 10 years.

He said: “I do not have to come that far, but there are a lot of people who will be affected.

“I do not think it is true that the service is not well used. It is always busy in the mornings and in the evenings.”

He said a petition in his shop already has 30 signatures.

Elizabeth Cavanagh said she and her children Katie, 19, and Reece, 16, would be affected.

She said: “My son uses the bus to get to college and I use it to get into town. I was gutted when I heard what they were going to do, but it’s the older people who can’t walk down to the main road who will really be affected.”

Oxford Bus Company runs the 4 service from Wood Farm to Abingdon, the 4A to Elms Rise, the 4B to Cumnor and the 4C to Dean Court.

Under the proposed changes, the 4B will run every 20 minutes to Cumnor and the 4C will be axed.

Several services, including the S1 to Witney, run near Dean Court, but elderly residents said they would struggle to get to the bus stop.

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Tina Keenor, 83, of Dean Court, said: “This will be terrible. I will have to have taxis which will cost £17 a day. It’s a disgrace.”

And Kath Little, who lives in Pinnocks Way, said the changes will create problems for her and her children Rose, three, and Clara, seven months.

She said: “There are other services running nearby, and that is fine if you are able-bodied and can walk down.

“I have two children and to walk with them to the main road takes us about 20 minutes.”

Oxford Bus Company operations director Phil Southall said the service was under-used and a more regular 4B service to Cumnor should help.

He said: “While the service as a whole is popular, passenger numbers on the hourly service to Dean Court itself are often very light.

“The new timetable offers more journeys to choose from just a short walk away, well within the 400-metre walking distance recommended by the Government for accessibility to a bus service.”

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4:50pm Mon 30 Dec 13

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

Surely the elderly could use DiaRide? And don't the teenage children have cycles to go into the city centre. I used to lodge up Cumnor Hill and would not have dreamt of using the bus when I had a bike - in those days I could not afford to pay regularly for bus fares.
Surely the elderly could use DiaRide? And don't the teenage children have cycles to go into the city centre. I used to lodge up Cumnor Hill and would not have dreamt of using the bus when I had a bike - in those days I could not afford to pay regularly for bus fares. West Oxon Webwatcher

9:59pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Hook says...

why phone Dial a ride when you have a bus pass
why phone Dial a ride when you have a bus pass Hook

12:17am Fri 3 Jan 14

aliascath says...

Try riding a bike with a young baby and a toddler. Try getting on the commuter packed s1 with them.
The later morning buses are a real part of the community and a lifeline to many older people on the estate.
The bus waits for ten minutes at Dean court. Don't see how it makes the route less efficient. It's used pretty well and means alot to those people. Keep the 4c!
Try riding a bike with a young baby and a toddler. Try getting on the commuter packed s1 with them. The later morning buses are a real part of the community and a lifeline to many older people on the estate. The bus waits for ten minutes at Dean court. Don't see how it makes the route less efficient. It's used pretty well and means alot to those people. Keep the 4c! aliascath

12:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

aliascath says...

Oh and if anyone who will be affected is reading, the petition is online at https://www.surveymo
nkey.com/s/RXXP5J6
Oh and if anyone who will be affected is reading, the petition is online at https://www.surveymo nkey.com/s/RXXP5J6 aliascath

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