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Campaigners back local bus user who lays down challenge to council leaders

16 April 2015

Join me on my nightmare bus journey is the challenge issued to Hampshire Council leaders by local wheelchair user, Stephanie Weller.

This week, local bus campaigners from Fleet, Hampshire and Campaign for Better Transport joined Stephanie on a bus trip to Frimley Park hospital to make a video to show just what the impact Hampshire County Council’s cuts of almost £1.5 million from their bus budget have had on local bus users.

In a letter sent to the council today, (Thursday 16 April), Stephanie is challenging Hampshire County Council leader, Councillor Roy Perry and Head of Transport, Councillor Sean Woodward, to join her on this gruelling journey so they can see for themselves just how difficult it has become for people who rely on the bus to access the hospital.

Stephanie Weller said:

“I am inviting the council leaders to join me on this journey as I really believe the very people who make the decisions about our public transport never actually use it themselves. A journey that should take under an hour can now take up to four hours which has made my journey a living nightmare.”

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“It is time Council leaders who make the decisions on public transport see first-hand the devastating impact cuts to vital bus services are having across Hampshire. They must come to realise the importance buses play to people’s daily lives.”

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Notes for Editors

  1. Read our press release Campaigners take to the buses here
  2. Watch Stephanie’s video of her experience travelling to Frimley Park hospital here
  3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).