Residents join forces to fight Dronfield and Coal Aston bus service cuts

The new Bus Improvement Group for Coal Aston and Dronfield
The new Bus Improvement Group for Coal Aston and Dronfield
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Residents have joined forces to fight for better bus services in their two communities following cuts to routes.

A meeting of around 150 concerned bus users organised by Conservative parliamentary candidate Lee Rowley led to the formation of the Bus Improvement Group for Coal Aston and Dronfield.

The group are to work with local transport companies to put together a practical plan for improving the frequency and reliability of buses in the area.

It follows Stagecoach’s decision to change their frequency of the 44 bus from Chesterfield to Sheffield, which runs through both Coal Aston and Dronfield, from once every 30 minutes to once an hour last year.

Concerns about further cutbacks to council bus subsidies mean the group fear other services may soon be cut.

They plan to follow the example of similar groups in Killamarsh and Sharrow, who have been successful in getting discontinued services reinstated and generating additional demand.

The group have already begun talks with local bus operators about the potential for re-routing existing services and they intend to do a survey of local residents to help convince service providers of the latent demand for regular and reliable buses.

Group chairman Gary Griffin-Chappel said: “The number 44, which was clearly of most concern to residents at the meeting, is a commercial service run by Stagecoach and there are no unfortunately quick fixes to resolving the problems that were raised.

“We hope to act as a voice for the community and work with local bus companies, rather than against them, to get a better deal for all involved.”