Bus Services after the Spending Review - Transport Committee Contents

Written evidence from L Huntington (BUS 138)

I am writing to you as a resident of Dalton Piercy, Hartlepool to express my concern at the cuts to the bus services which serves our village along with other outlying villages in the Hartlepool area. As a mother with two young children who doesn't always have access to a car, this bus service is a vital link with the town. Whilst currently I have access to a car, this is not always the case and indeed, when our car broke down recently and my child was at nursery, I relied on the bus service to be able to collect him from school. The presence of this bus service was the reason that my child is now at that particular nursery. At the time of requesting a nursery place we did not have access to a car, so our choice was limited to the nursery which was on our local bus route.

In addition to my own concerns at the loss of a bus service, I worry for my neighbours and the effect it is having on them. On the one side my neighbours are elderly and have no transport of their own. They used the bus service daily to go into town. The bus service not only provided them with a means of transport, enabling them to continue independent living, but also allowed them to meet up with their friends who travelled on the same bus route. Indeed, when I used the bus it was quite clear that it was a community in itself!

My other neighbours have a teenage child who was able to be independent through the use of the bus. My concern for her and other teenagers in the village, including my own future teenagers, is that they now have no means of independently getting themselves into town for college or work, thus risking the slow demise of the villages as living communities as families take the decision to relocate to areas which prove more accessible for them.

It is for these reasons that I am writing to ask you to raise and consider if in any way it is possible to bring about a change in the decision to end this essential bus service.

May 2011

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