Reduce the Stagecoach bus fares for the University buses in Canterbury

Reduce the Stagecoach bus fares for the University buses in Canterbury

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Stefani Christofi started this petition to Martin A. Griffiths, CEO (Stagecoach Group)

I have started this petition to ask the Directors and owners of Stagecoach, one of the largest bus operators in the UK, to lower the bus fares for Uni1 and Uni2 bus routes in Canterbury, Kent.

According to Stagecoach, they have the lowest fares of any major bus operator (!). However, being one of the users of this service, I find that it is an extremely expensive service, with Student tickets starting from £2.30 for a SINGLE. And the funny thing is, it doesn't matter where you take the bus from, you still pay full price! Other bus routes' prices change with each bus stop, but not the UNI ones.

Finally, I would not mind the prices as much as I do now, if the Uni buses were on time every once in a while! There simply aren't enough buses, or frequent enough routes to accommodate the students and employees of Kent Uni. Almost every single day, between 8.30 - 9am, there are at least 15 people waiting for more than 30mins for a bus to the university! The buses are either delayed, full, or both! Imagine middle of winter, you are trying to be somewhere on time, it's cold and raining, the bus is already late, and then you spot it drive past your stop, unable to stop because it's already full. Or if you are lucky enough to get on it, you now have spent £2.30, to get on a bus full of people, no space to sit down, so you have to stand for the next 15-20mins.

We also sometimes see an empty uni bus or two, slowly riding the streets of Canterbury with a "Sorry, I'm not in service" at the front. There are people waiting at every bus stop, yet somehow some buses are operating empty, and sometimes drive all the way to uni! It is not only frustrating to wait, it is also embarrassing having to explain to your employers or lecturers why you are late each time. 

It is time something has been done about this, as people are starting to get frustrated and the value for money clearly is non-existent. We ask the Stagecoach directors to either lower the bus fares to match other Canterbury routes, or to add more buses to accommodate the huge demand there is. 

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