The pas­sen­gers told there will be no ser­vice dur­ing rush hour and the school run

Changes have been made with more set to hap­pen very soon

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - AMY ORTON hinck­ley­[email protected]­

AS peo­ple catch a bus to make their way into work and school all across the county each morn­ing, there will soon be one vil­lage where the bus won’t be stop­ping.

Planned changes to Ar­riva timeta­bles mean that for 90 min­utes dur­ing rush hour and the school run, no buses will be pick­ing up pas­sen­gers in New­bold Ver­don. It comes af­ter changes to the 153 route which passes through Des­ford, Mar­ket Bos­worth and Le­ices­ter For­est East.

Julie Bai­ley, a civil ser­vant from New­bold Ver­don who works in Le­ices­ter city cen­tre, has caught the 7.05am bus from the vil­lage to work for 19 years. Julie’s bus is one of two that will be scrapped when changes to the timetable come into ef­fect at the start of next month.

Los­ing the two buses will mean the vil­lage, on Ar­riva’s 153 route, will have no bus stop there be­tween 6.18am and 7.48am.

She said: “I’ve no idea what I’ll do now. I’ve caught that same bus ev­ery day at the same time.

“If I catch the ear­lier bus I’ll have to get up at quar­ter to five in the morn­ing and then walk through the city cen­tre in the dark to get to work and I don’t feel safe do­ing that. If I get the later bus I’ll be late for work.

“Times on the way back have changed, too, so I have to walk through town cen­tre streets in the dark to get to the bus stop af­ter the route changed.”

Jen­nifer Collins’ 16-year-old son, Joshua, re­lies on the 7.28am bus to get to Le­ices­ter Col­lege.

She said: “When the timetable change comes in there will be an hourand-a-half in the morn­ing rush hour where there is no bus into Le­ices­ter.

“Peo­ple rely on those two buses to get into work, col­lege or school. They are well used so it doesn’t make sense to get rid of them.

“My son uses the bus to get to Le­ices­ter Col­lege and back in time for work. At the mo­ment, there’s a bus ev­ery 30 min­utes, when this new timetable starts there will be an hourly or less ser­vice.

“How are peo­ple sup­posed to make use of the ser­vice when the buses don’t even run in rush hour? I don’t know what peo­ple will do.”

Ar­riva have made changes to the num­ber of buses run­ning and timeta­bles across the county.

Pas­sen­gers have slammed the changes which have caused stu­dents to be late for school and staff late for work.

Ar­riva said the timetable has been re­vised to “bet­ter match cus­tomer de­mand and en­sure it re­mains fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able’’.

A com­pany spokesper­son added: “The ser­vice will now op­er­ate hourly, with the short jour­neys be­tween Le­ices­ter and New­bold Ver­don with­drawn.

“Most jour­neys will ex­tend from Mar­ket Bos­worth Square out to Bos­worth Wa­ter Park and the Bat­tle­field Line Rail­way as a re­sult of cus­tomer feed­back.”

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