BUS changes have caused “significant disruption” to the lives of Barlaston residents - sparking calls for services that can get them to work and school on time.
Bakerbus’ revision of the 350 service, which is now known as the X5, has sparked anger in the village as services connecting it with Longton and Stone have been reduced.
Barlaston Park residents are particularly affected by the changes, which have made it challenging for sixth
formers to get to college and families to get to Barlaston First School in the centre of the village.
At Barlaston Parish Council on Tuesday chairman Gareth Jones said: “The service from Hanley to Barlaston Park, Orchard Place and Stone was a good one.
But Barlaston has lost out as far as the X5 is concerned - there are people who use the buses for work and their lives have been significantly disrupted.”
Councillor Viv O’Dunne said she had received many complaints and some people had started getting taxis to Stoke- on-Trent.
There were calls from parish councillors for the service to better match the needs of villagers.
But county councillor Ian Parry, to whom the parish council addressed their concerns at Tuesday’s meeting, said the county council was only able to subsidise bus services, not commission them, and there were many rural areas to consider.