Reverse the decision to cut Arriva Midlands funding - save Sunday services
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Staffordshire County Council have made the decision to stop subsidies to Arriva Midlands which enables them to run evening and Sunday services from their Cannock depot (serving Cannock, Stafford, Huntington, Hednesford and Great Wyrley). This means all evening and Sunday busses will be withdrawn from April 1st 2018 and affecting hundreds of people, particularly the elderly, will be unable to travel during these times where there are no alternate operators.
Some elderly and disabled users may have little opportunity to leave the house, and by cutting bus services back this leaves even less opportunity. A regular user of one of the Cannock services relies on Arriva to care for his disabled brother; he still requires the same care on Sundays, but how is he able to travel to him?
In addition to this, users paying as much as £520pa for a Cannock/Stafford region, or £800pa for West Midlands region bus passes will receive less value for money. This is unfair to hard working commuters who deserve to use their pass for leisure evenings and weekends.
In Walsall and the Black Country, operators such as National Express and Diamond run regular services throughout the week, as frequent as every 7 minutes. The people of Cannock and Stafford have the same needs.
*Simon Mathieson, of Arriva Midlands, said: "It will become financially unsustainable for us to continue to cover the overheads we incur opening our Cannock depot on Sundays and we have made the decision to cancel all services that run from our Delta Way depot on Sundays with effect from April 1.”
Affected services, as of 22nd February, include:
- 2E - Walsall to Hednesford (via Bloxwich, Gt Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay & Cannock)
- 8 - Parkside to Moss Pit (Circular)
- 9 - Stafford to Highfields (Circular)
- 12 - Stafford to Doxey (Circular)
- 21 - Cannock to Longford
- 25/26 - Cannock to Pye Green (Circular)
- 60/61 - Cannock to Lichfield (via Norton Canes and Burntwood)
- 62S - Cannock to Lichfield (via Hednesford & Burntwood)
- 70 - Cannock to Wolverhampton (via Featherstone & University)
- 74 - Cannock to Stafford Hospital (via Huntington & Town Centre)
- 75A - Stafford to Cannock (via Dunston & Penkridge)
- 76A - Stafford to Wolverhampton (via Penkridge)
- 825 - Stafford to Lichfield (via Hixon, Little Haywood & Rugeley)
Arriva have published the specific changes to routes here -https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/midlands/Latest/cannock--stafford-routes-to-be-withdrawn-on-evenings--sundays-from-1-april-2018/
Please sign this petition in an attempt to convince Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet member for Commercial, Mark Deaville, to reverse their decision and maintain funding for these vital services. Thank you.
*https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/cannock/2018/02/15/arriva-scraps-sunday-bus-services-in-stafford-and-cannock/#FPpb6DY1ZxBaR0wX.99 Accessed 15/02/2018
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