Saving a bus route is hard, and restoring cuts once they've happened is even harder. But when the frequency of bus no. 18 was reduced, Lancaster Bus Users' Group didn't let that stop them. Chair Jim Davies tells the story of how negotiating and working with the local authority and bus company restored a regular service and reconnected people to public transport.
Has your bus journey ever included a free ice cream?! Mark Holroyd, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Transport, Access and Sustainable Tourism Manager, tells us about how, after bus subsidies were cut, savvy marketing, the support of sponsors and increasing bus frequencies gave the 112 bus a new lease of life.
When the Epping Forest Transport Action Group found out about proposals to cut evening services on the 250 and 251, cutting off anyone who worked evening shifts or wanted to go out in the evening, it sprang into action. Dave Plummer, the group organiser, explains how they are campaigning to save buses.