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Petition starts over Arriva buses 'unfit for purpose'

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:38am 12th February 2019.

After Aylesbury buses were leaving school children stranded at bus stops, a petition has now started. 

Since September last year kids as young as 11 weren't able to use certain Arriva services because they were either too full or never turned up.

The two routes that have caused the most issues are:

  • 500: Watford - Aylesbury
  • 8A: Halton - Aylesbury

Now, parents have had enough and have started a petition to get the 500 bus route sorted.

Petition starts over Arriva buses 'unfit for purpose'
The petition has been signed nearly 400 times already

Local Councillor for Aston Clinton, Weston Turville, Stoke Mandeville and Bierton - Bill Chapple  contacted Arriva to try and solve the issue - he told us:

"As a commercial route, the County Council is not involved.

"But, obviously as local county councillor, the people I represent are being let down by the bus company.

"We run a very good education service in Bucks, people move here to be part of the Grammar school system.

"I want to make is as easy as possible for people to get to school.

"What I don't want is for children to be expecting to catch the bus, buying their tickets and the bus doesn't stop."

Arriva has told us the issue was down to a shortfall of engineers at one of their depots.

A number of changes to Arriva timetables are also coming into force later this week (17th Feb).

This is what will be changing on Sunday:

  • 8/8A Arriva RAF Halton - Wendover - Bedgrove - Aylesbury: Revised timetable including one additional morning journey between Aylesbury and RAF Halton and one journey extended to start from RAF Halton instead of Wendover. One 8A journey in each direction is extended to serve Aylesbury College. Other minor timing changes to improve reliability.
  • 150 Arriva Aylesbury - Wing - Leighton Buzzard - Milton Keynes: Revised timetable to improve punctuality. No change to the route or frequency.
  • 280/X8 Arriva Aylesbury - Haddenham - Thame - Oxford: Revised 280 timetable with frequency between Aylesbury and Oxford reduced to run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. Additional journeys will operate between Haddenham & Thame Parkway Station and Oxford to provide a service every 15 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays.
  • Service X8 revised to operate between Aylesbury and Oxford on all journeys but reduced to operate during peak hours only, mornings towards Oxford, afternoons towards Aylesbury.

You can view timetables here. 

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