The Community Council are delighted to announce the launch of the COMMUNITY TRANSPORT PILOT SERVICE.
Following discussions with StreetScene officers and Flintshire County Council cabinet officer Carolyn Thomas, agreement has been reached on a new CT1 timetable effective August 1st 2019 (subject to traffic commissioner approval).
The new timetable gives an improved regular service to Broughton Park and also includes a Saturday early morning service for residents who work in Chester but can’t use public transport to get to their place of employment.
New stops at Hope Medical Practice, Caergwrle Railway Station and Abermorddu have been added to help residents use public transport, including the train at Caergwrle to get to more destinations. The CT1 service also links where possible to the LT7 service in Caergwrle although this has been impossible to achieve with every service.
It is worth pointing out that this is still a pilot scheme and usage will be monitored up to the end of November 2019 to gauge if it is financially sustainable into the future. There is also increasing awareness of the environmental impact we all have by being “car reliant” and we hope this new timetable will encourage a few more residents to consider public transport on occasions instead of the car being the automatic first choice.
The new timetable will also be posted on the Higher Kinnerton website, Facebook page and notices in the bus stop outside All Saint’s Church.
In light of the new timetable, the decision has been taken to discontinue the pilot weekend scheme effective 10th August. This is due to the fact that the new timetable fills the popular mid afternoon service and most of the evening services were being poorly supported.
The value of the pilot scheme has been the ability to test the opinion expressed in the Village Plan survey of an evening weekend service to Broughton Park without 100% of the cost falling on the community. It has also helped to demonstrate to StreetScene the demand for a mid-afternoon service which has now been built into the new timetable.