Community Transport Roadshow
November saw HKCC and Streetscene host a Roadshow at the Village Hall not only to promote the Community Bus but also to gain opinions on how best the current service can meet residents’ requirements. Streetscene representative, Ruth Cartwright informed people that FCC does not stipulate where bus services run. That is up to the commercial operator to register routes they deem profitable to themselves. Community Transport services however are provided by the County Council to link communities to the various transport hubs in the county, which in our case is Broughton Park.
From the feedback received at the event, residents’ views will be considered and the timetable looked at again to see if it can be improved to suit a greater number of users. In the meantime, Streetscene agreed to update the timetables displayed outside the Church and Royal Oak and to talk to the operator about including Hope Medical Practice as an official stop. Clarification of the location of the stop in Caergwrle and details of the onward and return services from there was also agreed. Residents who do use the Community Bus confirmed that the bus drops passengers off at the Chester stop in Broughton Park and connections run directly into the city every 15 minutes, resulting in a quicker journey time than the 61 service which runs directly from the village.
HKCC, in response to views received through the Village Plan Survey is looking into the possibility of seeking funding to run a trial service to and from Broughton Park on a Friday and Saturday evening. More news on the Community Transport system will be included in the next newsletter.