Residents left with one bus a day

Bucks Free Press: Julie Clack at the bus shelter in Whielden Lane, Winchmore Hill Julie Clack at the bus shelter in Whielden Lane, Winchmore Hill

A SINGLE mum says she is “appalled” residents of a village will be left with just one bus a day after their service was withdrawn.

The Carousel service through Winchmore Hill will be withdrawn today because the bus company says it is unsafe for its vehicles to drive through the village.

But resident Julie Clack says the withdrawal will affect pensioners the most as they would not be able to afford alternative modes of transport.

The 34-year-old mum-of-one said: “They have got their bus passes, they want their little bit of independence. What’s the point in having bus passes when they can’t use them?

“Little things like this matter to me because I believe they fought for us and they done us proud and they get extradited like nobody.”

Before today there were three buses to Chesham each day, leaving Winchmore Hill at 9.30am, 11am and 1.30pm. There were also buses to High Wycombe at 11am and 1pm.

Now all that will be left is the 9.30am service - which will now only run as far as Amersham-on-the-hill. There will be a return service at 1pm.

But Miss Clack said: “We need buses more than ever. In this weather people don’t want to hang around til 1 o’clock for a bus. It’s appalling.”

Miss Clack mainly uses the bus to get to Chesham to help look after brother Paul’s children. Her neice Stacy is a patient at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital.

Steve Burns of Carousel Buses said: “The main reason for the withdrawal is safety. The roads are not wide enough or good enough for the large buses we use.

“Over the last year or so we have been involved in three really serious accidents where our bus has stopped and the car has hit the bus head on.”

He added an average of 2.4 people used the service to Winchmore Hill each day.

He said: “We do sympathise with the people in Winchmore Hill and Penn Street that have been our customers but it’s not commercially viable. We’ve agonised for a long time over this.”

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2:21pm Fri 31 Oct 08

SDJones says...

thats funny because buses have used that route for years and years, maybe they should be looking at the lack of driver skill their employees have, its disgraceful and Carousel have a responsibility to supply an adequate service which doesnt appear to be the case.
thats funny because buses have used that route for years and years, maybe they should be looking at the lack of driver skill their employees have, its disgraceful and Carousel have a responsibility to supply an adequate service which doesnt appear to be the case. SDJones

2:28pm Fri 31 Oct 08

Melanie1 says...

I can understand that it might not be commercially viable to run such a large bus but why don't they provide a mini-bus which holds up to 10 people. It would be more economically viable.

In Chesham they've opened up some bus routes that had been axed to a mini-bus route (I think it's called Tiger Line) and it's a 'roaring' success.
I can understand that it might not be commercially viable to run such a large bus but why don't they provide a mini-bus which holds up to 10 people. It would be more economically viable. In Chesham they've opened up some bus routes that had been axed to a mini-bus route (I think it's called Tiger Line) and it's a 'roaring' success. Melanie1

3:29pm Fri 31 Oct 08

Mutley says...

"An average of 2.4 people per day"
Surely Carousel could hire a taxi to take these people to and fro and still be quids in, not having to pay their driver or the running costs of the bus.
"An average of 2.4 people per day" Surely Carousel could hire a taxi to take these people to and fro and still be quids in, not having to pay their driver or the running costs of the bus. Mutley

3:58pm Fri 31 Oct 08

faisal mahmood says...

disappointment in the bus services in high wycombe!..

what will ivor say about it?...
disappointment in the bus services in high wycombe!.. what will ivor say about it?... faisal mahmood

1:02am Sat 1 Nov 08

smiley cat says...

I am confused....
why did the BFP have to aay she was a single MUm
Would they have said she was a married mum
or a single woman!
Why BFP..
I am confused.... why did the BFP have to aay she was a single MUm Would they have said she was a married mum or a single woman! Why BFP.. smiley cat
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