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Bus petitions are like buses…you wait ages for one and then…

News / Tue 28th Mar 2023 at 08:36am

ON Monday, we received details of a petition organised by 90-year-old Harlow resident, Hilda Cook.

Hilda doesn’t want to see the No 9 Arriva bus service that runs near to where she lives on Tumbler Road, stopped.

This morning we received details of another petition.

This one has been organised by Gabriella Mahalik. Gabriella’s petition is on-line (see details below).

We understand there are plans for both petitions to be presented to Harlow Council.

https://www.change.org/p/petition-for-re-instating-arriva-bus-9-potter-street-to-harlow

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8 Comments for Bus petitions are like buses…you wait ages for one and then…:

Colin Thorpe
2023-03-28 10:32:22

The stopping of the number 9 bus was brought to the Council and Robert Halfon's attention as soon as I was aware that the service was being withdrawn. Essex County Councilor Michael Hardware answered on behalf of Harlow Council and Robert Halfon has met with representatives of Aviva and Councillors,unfortunately to date I've not been informed of the outcome of those meetings

Darren Franklin
2023-03-28 17:31:06

The government want us to get out of our cars and use public transport more, but how can we when these companies keep cutting services? The government is flogging a dead horse here!

Bruce Downey
2023-03-28 18:40:43

There should be more buses not less. What’s the point of a spanking new 15m bus station, if there is less buses than before. The bus companies get subsidies, are they pulling a fast one to get more money from ECC.

Mazzy Clark
2023-03-28 18:48:55

The bus service on Harlow has always been abysmal. Buses cut out constantly, no direct link between Katherines/Sumners to Staple Tye or Potter street, 2 hourly service on Sundays - need I go on? The new bus station will never happen - been promising us this for years.

Peter Henegan
2023-03-28 21:10:02

Do German owned Arriva care. Nein, I would suggest

Nicholas Taylor
2023-03-28 21:48:59

And we are expected to believe that most journeys taken by residents in the thousands of new homes to be built around Harlow will use either a bus, a cycle or walk. We have had a dreadful bus service in the town for many years, nationally the number of bus uses has halved in the last 15 years, much of the towns cycle track are in a poor state of repair and walking with bags of shopping is for most a no-no. Unless there are radical changes such as free travel on buses for all, routes and punctuality improved and new quite, emission free buses are built, travel habits will never change. Nicholas Taylor, Leader of the Harlow Alliance Party.

David Forman
2023-03-29 09:38:26

All this baloney of increased bus use overlooks the unreliability, poor availability and excessive cost of bus transport. The only way to produce cheap and reliable public transport is to reverse privatisation and place it back under state control. Another example of the lies people were told to justify the cut price giveaways of state assets to the big business mates of the Tories under Margaret Thatcher.

Mark Lavender
2023-03-29 15:16:04

Robert Halfon has sent a letter to the head of Arriva detailing the issue surrounding its Harlow service including the 9. I shall not make further comment until I see the outcome.

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