A PENSIONER is campaigning to improve the bus service after she met with city MP Robin Walker.

Gwen Hughes met Mr Walker to discuss the bus cuts in Worcester after she claims residents are ‘suffering’ with the lack of public transport.

Mrs Hughes, aged 65, said: “I spent 15 minutes with Robin Walker. I think the meeting went well so hopefully he has taken in what I have said. I told him about the services in Worcester and asked why they are stopping some buses. I just wanted to tell him how I, and many others feel. I can’t walk far - I have a bad leg, so I need to use the bus as taxis are too expensive.”

Mrs Hughes, from Ronkswood, says she is organising an open meeting and will invite First Group and Worcestershire County Council to discuss the future of the bus service.

Nigel Eggleton, managing director at First Worcester said: “I would be pleased to attend a meeting to discuss the recent implementation of service changes across our bus network. All constructive feedback we receive is valuable in determining how the local bus network is constructed, and the changes we make are solely to meet the ever-changing demands of the majority of people using bus services across the working day, evenings and at weekends.”


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Mrs Hughes added: “I am going around asking people in the hospital and on the buses to see if they will come to the meeting. I am hoping to get a lot of people to come forward who have had problems with the buses.”

Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for Highways said: “The completion of the recent Passenger Transport Strategy has allowed us to look in detail at how residents of Worcestershire are choosing to travel throughout the county, and how all ways of travel can be improved for the long-term future. Following recent changes to First Bus services, the County Council continue to work hard, reviewing the possible implications and looking at opportunities to help residents who might be affected.”

Mrs Hughes met with Mr Walker on Friday, October 4 at The Guildhall, in Worcester.

The date of the next meeting with First Group and the county counil is yet to be confirmed.

As from October 13, numerous buses have been cut due to less people using the service.