Community Transport Update
Members of the Community Council met recently with Streetscene representatives to review the current bus service usage. Unfortunately, usage remains low and is mainly used by villagers who previously used services provided by national bus operators. Residents also continue to prefer to use the direct service into Chester. Ruth Cartwright, Streetscene representative confirmed that the cost of the Community Transport service in its current form is unsustainable for the long term unless usage increases. She also confirmed that the Chester 61/62 service would continue to be provided by the current operator although changes to that service couldn’t be ruled out. It was also confirmed that the 63 Mold/Higher Kinnerton service would be discontinued from April 1st.
Higher Kinnerton Community Council will resist any changes to bus provision but this can only be done if more residents choose to use the service and It is hoped that people using the to be discontinued 63 service will switch to the community bus to link up with other services from either Broughton or Caergwrle.
On a positive note, HKCC have secured funding to run a Trial service to and from the village to Broughton Park on a Friday and Saturday evening. The pilot scheme starting in April 2019 will last for 6 months and will be FREE to any resident using it. The pilot will enable the council to thoroughly test the demand for this type of service.
Members of the Community Council will also be consulting with existing and potential bus users who work within a 10mile radius of the village to propose a new timetable that meets their needs and how the Community Bus can link with other services.