Campaign to keep local bus services continues


Since August, Hereford Liberal Democrats and Age UK have been working with residents suffering from the loss of local bus services as part of Council cutbacks.

(Photo: (L to R) Lucy Hurds, Cllr Polly Andrews and Pat Gilbert present residents petition to Council leader Cllr Tony Johnson and highlight areas affected by bus service cuts.)

Following discussions with would-be MP Lucy Hurds and Councillor Polly Andrews, a proposal went to Hereford City Council to fund a Dial-a-Ride service to stop the isolation of local elderly people. The City Council voted to fund this project for some areas and the service started on Monday 27th October.

However, a replacement bus for the Stephens Close area of Whitecross was blocked by the votes of “It’s Our County” Councillors Sue Boulter, Liz Chave and Independent Cllr Chris Chappell with a casting vote from Chairman of the committee Independent Cllr Phil Edwards.


Therefore, local Lib Dems are continuing to petition the county and city councils on behalf of these residents. A petition was presented today to Herefordshire Council leader Cllr Tony Johnson by local resident Pat Gilbert, Cllr Polly Andrews and Lucy Hurds. Mrs Gilbert commented;

“One of my neighbours relies on the bus service as her only regular contact with other people and as a way of assuring them she is well. Recently, she suffered a fit. She was, fortunately, with people at the time but now that the bus has been withdrawn, none of us will see her regularly. These bus services are more than a matter of money; for many elderly people they are a vital lifeline”

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