Rural bus services

This blog is something different from my normal wildlife blogs.

All over the country rural bus services are being cut. Oxfordshire County Council recently said that they needed to make £50m cuts over the next 4 years, £2.3m a year will come from cutting bus route subsides.

I live in one of the small villages that will be affected by the reduction of the bus routes. This will mean walking 2 miles in to the next village to catch a bus or walking along a winding country lane out to the main dual carriage way where the bus from Swindon stops, but that is still 1.2 miles from my house.

I really enjoy living in the countryside but taking away the buses from the village will affect those people who don’t drive such as the teenagers and the elderly. It is also better for the environment for people to use public transport.

This morning my local Parish Council organised a demonstration walk from the centre of the village out to where we will have to catch the bus from. A huge number of villagers turned out to walk along this dangerous stretch of road to show how perilous it will be.

As we walked we were passed by a large number of cars. At one stage, cars where coming from both directions and one car had to go on the grass verge to get around the walkers, we were also passed by tractors twice.

It felt quite scary even though there was a large group of us, I can’t imagine how dangerous it would be if you were on your own and it was getting dark.









About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Rural bus services

  1. Sara says:

    Really great post! Thanks for highlighting this upsetting change in our community.


  2. James mansfisld says:

    What a great blog , a great way to highlight our plight, thank you

    Cllr. James mansfield
    Chairman, Appleton with Eaton parish council.


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