IN Wheaton Aston and Lapley we have been used to an hourly bus service during the day which comes from Perton or Codsall – the latter being the centre for our council offices – through to Stafford via Penkridge and Acton Trussell and back again. This is all about to change as Arriva have pulled out of the contract.
Bearing in mind that Penkridge, with its market, is our local shopping area we will now have only three buses a day there and on a Saturday there will be none. There are none in the evening and a very limited Sunday service seems to be going also.
Other buses will be available but will go across country through Church Eaton to Derrington and into Stafford. All buses from Stafford will terminate at Wolverhampton. That’s fine if that is where one would like to shop. I understand that the small company taking over has only about four buses which is worrying - how long this will last is anyone’s guess. Great Haywood and Hixon are not the only villages to suffer. Where is the support for rural transport that I understood was a political priority?
As with the Haywoods it was only rumour that known about until last week and only with perseverance has anyone managed to find out the details just last week – our local parish councillors didn’t know the route details, being only aware that someone new was taking over.
Wheaton Aston bus traveller
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