Petition launched to save threatened Colnbrook-Staines bus service
An online petition has been launched to ensure the survival of the threatened 305 bus service between Colnbrook and Staines.
Horton and Wraysbury residents have launched a petition after another threat to local bus services was revealed this week.
Windsor & Maidenhead Council is reviewing the 305 bus service between Colnbrook and Staines and the service could be scrapped in favour of cheaper forms of transport. The review follows controversial changes to the bulk of bus services across Slough, Maidenhead and Reading, when First Berkshire changed its network in September.
While it may yet decide to keep the service, the council is considering a number of potential changes to save money, including:
- Using taxis to take children to and from school.
- Using a ‘dial and ride’ bus service to get residents from Wraysbury and Horton to Staines.
- Redesigning the route to meet specific needs of Horton and Wraysbury residents to get to Staines, or the doctor’s surgery in Datchet.
- Changing the timetable on the original bus route.
- Other suggestions from local residents and the Parish Councils.
The petition launched on the Windsor & Maidenhead Council website asks the council to extend funding until 31st August “to give time for both villages and the RBWM council to come up with transport solution to get our children to school and our residents to the doctors and to Staines”.
In August last year Surrey County Council abruptly withdrew its funding support for the route as part of county-wide package of cuts designed to save £2 million. Windsor & Maidenhead was left to pick up the full cost of the service. Slough Borough Council could be asked to contribute to the cost.
Horton and Wraysbury district councillor Colin Rayner has told his residents that he has received an assurance from the lead member of the council’s Transport and Highways team, Cllr Phil Bicknell, that there will be a service of some sort after 1 April to take children to school and residents to Staines and the doctor’s surgery. He has promised to keep residents informed and has committed to asking a question at the next full council meeting.
The 305 currently runs Monday to Saturday and is a key transport link for many Colnbrook and Poyle residents.
Click here to go to the petition. The deadline for signing is 20th February.