Minster Lovell passengers call for U-turn on bus route diversion

Dorothy Holloway and fellow passengers in Minster Lovell

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VILLAGERS are urging Stagecoach to bring back the S2 to Minster Lovell, saying they are struggling to make hospital appointments in Oxford.

The bus company removed the village centre stop from the route to improve reliability as part of changes to its West Oxfordshire services.

Its new S7 service from Carterton to Headington runs through Minster Lovell and earlier times have been added to the 233 service from Milton-under-Wychwood to Witney, but residents say the services are worse.

Dorothy Holloway, 66, said: “We want our S2 back and nothing less – it’s not acceptable and is making life hell for everyone.

“The S7 doesn’t run frequently enough and if you miss one you have an hour to wait.

“You have to go into Witney to get a bus to Oxford which, if you have to pay, works out very expensive.”

Stagecoach added the S7 bus, which started running on Monday last week, to take passengers to near the John Radcliffe Hospital.

It followed a campaign by councillors and residents, who said it took up to two-and-a-half hours to get from Witney to the county’s main hospital.

The company also made changes to its S1, S2 and S3 services, including adding more rush hour journeys and replacing minibuses with double-decker services.

The S2 used to travel from outside the White Hart pub in Minster Lovell to Oxford at mainly half-hour intervals but the new S7 service only runs hourly for less of the day.

A working group has now been set up including the company, residents, parish council, Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council to try to find a solution.

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5:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

H.J.Harris says...

It would be interesting to know just how many passengers were picked up in Minster Lovell before the changes. If the Bus company are losing revenue because of these changes no doubt they will soon do something about it.
It would be a shame if the S7 were lost now . Even though it does not go right into the JR grounds, for those who find it suitable, the service will be a boon.
It would be interesting to know just how many passengers were picked up in Minster Lovell before the changes. If the Bus company are losing revenue because of these changes no doubt they will soon do something about it. It would be a shame if the S7 were lost now . Even though it does not go right into the JR grounds, for those who find it suitable, the service will be a boon. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 1

6:11pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

No "Activist" warns villagers that if they keep saying "no" to new developments and new blood in their village what the consequence is when the town down the road grows instead...

The bus operator starts looking at the passenger matrix and the cost:income ratios and very quickly works out they are better focussing their attention on the growing town instead - futher growing the business.

The smaller villages that refuse to grow face a reduction in service...

So if you want a better service...

Demand a thousand new homes, a new bridge and a Metro style grocers...
No "Activist" warns villagers that if they keep saying "no" to new developments and new blood in their village what the consequence is when the town down the road grows instead... The bus operator starts looking at the passenger matrix and the cost:income ratios and very quickly works out they are better focussing their attention on the growing town instead - futher growing the business. The smaller villages that refuse to grow face a reduction in service... So if you want a better service... Demand a thousand new homes, a new bridge and a Metro style grocers... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

faatmaan says...

people need to face up to reality that living in the country puts them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to busses , health care and more, if they need that sort of thing on an increasing basis as many aging people do, they need to weigh up the beauty and serenity of the country against the practicality of living in a large town or city, an ambulance in a town will be with you in about 8 minutes, in the country the target is more like twenty, valuable time , what more can I say, but don't start complaining about lack of bus provision if nobody uses it in the first place.
people need to face up to reality that living in the country puts them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to busses , health care and more, if they need that sort of thing on an increasing basis as many aging people do, they need to weigh up the beauty and serenity of the country against the practicality of living in a large town or city, an ambulance in a town will be with you in about 8 minutes, in the country the target is more like twenty, valuable time , what more can I say, but don't start complaining about lack of bus provision if nobody uses it in the first place. faatmaan
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Simple answer? Get sn MP or even better, a government Cabinet Minister to move to your village - the Police services improve, highways get repaired, and bus operators seem to suddenly realise there's smart money in providing bus services to put elected bums on seats - look at Blackbird Leys, where about 15 buses per hour, both ways, pass close to where the local MP just happens to live!
Simple answer? Get sn MP or even better, a government Cabinet Minister to move to your village - the Police services improve, highways get repaired, and bus operators seem to suddenly realise there's smart money in providing bus services to put elected bums on seats - look at Blackbird Leys, where about 15 buses per hour, both ways, pass close to where the local MP just happens to live! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 0

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