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Youngsters in battle to save bus service

Swindon Advertiser: Students from Bradon Forest School are collecting a petition to save the 53 bus service. From left, Molly Griffin, Sophie Harflett, Eleasha Kell, Charlotte Butler, Lucy Taylor and Gus Gardener Buy this photo Students from Bradon Forest School are collecting a petition to save the 53 bus service. From left, Molly Griffin, Sophie Harflett, Eleasha Kell, Charlotte Butler, Lucy Taylor and Gus Gardener

STUDENTS’ futures could be jeopardised by the recent axing of the only bus service between Purton and Cirencester as they are forced to reconsider their college options.

From November the number 53, the only service between Purton and Cirencester, which travelled via Cricklade, has stopped at Purton.

Stagecoach says the route beyond the village had become financially unviable.

The Purton and Cricklade Youth Advisory Group, made up partly of Bradon Forest School pupils, immediately took action and, with the backing of Purton Parish Council and Cricklade Town Council, launched a petition demanding the full route be reinstated as a matter of urgency.

With nearly 50 per cent, approximately 100, of Bradon Forest’s year 11 students going on to Cirencester College each year to pursue their sixth form studies, cancelling the route beyond Purton has caused anxiety among them and even forced several to rethink their academic future.

Eleasha Kell, 15, of Purton, said: “It’s making me lean towards a different college because it’s going to be difficult for me to get there. It’s frustrating.”

Gus Gardner, 15, from Purton, said: “Pupils and people in Purton need the service. It’s very isolating for people.

“Older people used the service to get to the doctor’s in Cricklade because it was easier for them than going to Swindon. It ran every hour.

“We launched the petition last month and we are hoping to send it to Stagecoach in two weeks.

“We are hoping to be successful and be able to get a bus to Cricklade every other hour.”

Although a coach provided by the college would be available to pick up students, it would only run twice a day, which means students would be left stranded until the next late afternoon service at 4pm, they said.

Molly Griffin, 16, of West Swindon, said: “It’s affecting our whole lives. It will change people’s entire futures if they are considering which college to choose. It will change the subjects they can do and their careers.

“If people go to Cirencester College on the college coach, which only runs in the morning and comes back at 4pm, depending on the subjects they choose, they may only have classes in the morning and will be left stranded there unless they can drive.

"We can’t rely on our parents to drive us. And there is no cycle access there.”

Pupils became aware of the changes to the service just three weeks before they were due to be implemented. Since they launched the petition before Christmas, they have received overwhelming support from local councillors and residents.

In a letter to Cricklade Town Council in December, Stagecoach West managing director Ian Manning said the firm was recording losses of £100,000 each year on the 53 bus.

“While the route was still continuing to gain patronage, it was not sufficient for us to be able to continue in that format while still occasioning losses in excess of £100k per annum,” he wrote.

“I do not rule out being able to make further attempts to improve bus services in your area once the recession is over.”

So far, 270 signatures have been returned and the group expects to gather nearly 1,000 across Purton and Cricklade. The petition is available at Purton Library, most shops and the parish council offices.

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10:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

toyota777 says...

I would sign if I could, how can it possibly be losing that much a week, it's nonsense, large companies should be backing students not turning their backs on them.Shame on them.
I would sign if I could, how can it possibly be losing that much a week, it's nonsense, large companies should be backing students not turning their backs on them.Shame on them. toyota777
  • Score: 1

10:27am Wed 22 Jan 14

toyota777 says...

I'm going put this on facebook.
I'm going put this on facebook. toyota777
  • Score: -1

11:57am Wed 22 Jan 14

themoonraker says...

approximately 100 pupils want an hourly service...........ju
st under 270 signature on the petition..........I assume the other 170 (rising by another
730 hopefully, or so ) signatures also used and will miss the provision of this service!
Interestingly, the students do not want to appear to rely on the College bus as the poor souls may finish (or start) lectures/lessons some hours before or after these buses run, ...they are hardly 'stranded'..........
...a novel idea for them might be to spend the spare time at the college doing extra studying, who knows they may actually benefit from it!
As for the local councillors getting involved, I hope they do and that they push the Wiltshire council to fund this bus service to a college in Gloucestershire.....
.I am sure the wiltshire council tax payers would be delighted to fund a bus service for the few.
approximately 100 pupils want an hourly service...........ju st under 270 signature on the petition..........I assume the other 170 (rising by another 730 hopefully, or so ) signatures also used and will miss the provision of this service! Interestingly, the students do not want to appear to rely on the College bus as the poor souls may finish (or start) lectures/lessons some hours before or after these buses run, ...they are hardly 'stranded'.......... ...a novel idea for them might be to spend the spare time at the college doing extra studying, who knows they may actually benefit from it! As for the local councillors getting involved, I hope they do and that they push the Wiltshire council to fund this bus service to a college in Gloucestershire..... .I am sure the wiltshire council tax payers would be delighted to fund a bus service for the few. themoonraker
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

swindondad says...

"We can’t rely on our parents to drive us. And there is no cycle access there.”

No cycle access please do not talk such rubbish, not a cycle route that you can be bothered to use more like it.

It is less than 15 miles via the duel carriageway or if you prefer not to use that (it is a fast road / unlit in places) you can take the more scenic route up through Aston Keynes. Who knows the exercise might do you all some good.
"We can’t rely on our parents to drive us. And there is no cycle access there.” No cycle access please do not talk such rubbish, not a cycle route that you can be bothered to use more like it. It is less than 15 miles via the duel carriageway or if you prefer not to use that (it is a fast road / unlit in places) you can take the more scenic route up through Aston Keynes. Who knows the exercise might do you all some good. swindondad
  • Score: -8

2:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

All this means is that they will have to use the provided college bus, the same as students from other areas who attend Cirencester college do.
Maybe they could spend any spare time studying to improve their research etc to boost their grades?
All this means is that they will have to use the provided college bus, the same as students from other areas who attend Cirencester college do. Maybe they could spend any spare time studying to improve their research etc to boost their grades? Davey Gravey
  • Score: -3

2:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Blackmalkin says...

Sorry, no sympathy. According to the article there IS a bus provided to coincide with college start and finish times, and if you can't be bothered to do a full day there then that's your problem. Sign up for another "A" level; they're free. Or go to the pub if you're old enough. Or read in the library, or waste your time on Facebook like other teenagers.
Sorry, no sympathy. According to the article there IS a bus provided to coincide with college start and finish times, and if you can't be bothered to do a full day there then that's your problem. Sign up for another "A" level; they're free. Or go to the pub if you're old enough. Or read in the library, or waste your time on Facebook like other teenagers. Blackmalkin
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

SH-324B21 says...

I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think.
You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things?
The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable.
I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think. You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things? The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable. SH-324B21
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Wed 22 Jan 14

themoonraker says...

SH-324B21 wrote:
I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think.
You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things?
The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable.
what an idiot you are,sadly your attitude is typical of a lot of todays youth.
Lord help you when you realise that you can't spend all your life doing 'nice' things that you enjoy.........it's called the real world, but you, unfortunately, seem to be living in cloud cuckoo land.
Grow up!
[quote][p][bold]SH-324B21[/bold] wrote: I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think. You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things? The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable.[/p][/quote]what an idiot you are,sadly your attitude is typical of a lot of todays youth. Lord help you when you realise that you can't spend all your life doing 'nice' things that you enjoy.........it's called the real world, but you, unfortunately, seem to be living in cloud cuckoo land. Grow up! themoonraker
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Users should be the payers, they want to travel to cirencester, then they must pay the full cost of the service.
Users should be the payers, they want to travel to cirencester, then they must pay the full cost of the service. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Wed 22 Jan 14

toyota777 says...

I don't suppose the writers of these silly comments have ever even ridden a bike let alone 30 miles a day, that quite frankly is cloud cuckoo land or better known as the 1800s these kids have been brought up in a different era you can't expect them to go back in time when everyone else has progressed beyond that , the bus has been there for others to use for the same thing it shouldn't be taken away now, I certainly wouldn't want my grand-kids to go through the stuff I did especially with all the nutters and pervs around that's the only good thing about those days there was plenty of asylums to house them all. we never had to put up with them.
I don't suppose the writers of these silly comments have ever even ridden a bike let alone 30 miles a day, that quite frankly is cloud cuckoo land or better known as the 1800s these kids have been brought up in a different era you can't expect them to go back in time when everyone else has progressed beyond that , the bus has been there for others to use for the same thing it shouldn't be taken away now, I certainly wouldn't want my grand-kids to go through the stuff I did especially with all the nutters and pervs around that's the only good thing about those days there was plenty of asylums to house them all. we never had to put up with them. toyota777
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

toyota777 wrote:
I'm going put this on facebook.
The horror!
[quote][p][bold]toyota777[/bold] wrote: I'm going put this on facebook.[/p][/quote]The horror! Empty Car Park
  • Score: 0

7:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

SH-324B21 says...

themoonraker wrote:
SH-324B21 wrote:
I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think.
You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things?
The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable.
what an idiot you are,sadly your attitude is typical of a lot of todays youth.
Lord help you when you realise that you can't spend all your life doing 'nice' things that you enjoy.........it's called the real world, but you, unfortunately, seem to be living in cloud cuckoo land.
Grow up!
I'm not meaning to get into an argument here... I mean, I'm simply a teenager, what do I know, right?
Though I gotta say, disrespecting me by calling me an idiot and saying I live in 'cloud cuckoo land' is rather demeaning.
But I don't think my attitude is 'typical' at all, otherwise why would I be trying to fix the issue at hand? Many teenagers would sit around and mope, yet I (along with some others) are trying to do quite the opposite!

Also, why I'm at it: Did I make ANY reference at all to spending my entire life doing something more interesting? If anything, the parameters of doing something more interesting was simply within a day. You might find this surprisingly, but teenagers are supposed to have fun - It's a little thing called childhood and memories, maybe you've heard of it?
I do live in the real world, but I'm not currently responsible to take heed of it until my time in education is done and I start working and paying tax ect.

Oh and may I just say, I think you need to start being a little nicer about the youth of today, we might just hold the key to your future. We may be less wise about the world, but we are certainly not stupid.
I mean, you're the one insulting a 15 year old on the internet, right?
[quote][p][bold]themoonraker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SH-324B21[/bold] wrote: I'm one of the members of the YAG group who started this petition. I totally understand why a few of you are saying it's not a hardship having to stay at college all day since they can study more but in reality, it's not so much a good thing as you think. You see, whilst the use of the library facilities etc will be helpful for an hour or so, do you realistically expect teenagers to spend their entire days studying when they could be doing more interesting (or possibly productive) things? The bus service that is currently available simply is not amicable.[/p][/quote]what an idiot you are,sadly your attitude is typical of a lot of todays youth. Lord help you when you realise that you can't spend all your life doing 'nice' things that you enjoy.........it's called the real world, but you, unfortunately, seem to be living in cloud cuckoo land. Grow up![/p][/quote]I'm not meaning to get into an argument here... I mean, I'm simply a teenager, what do I know, right? Though I gotta say, disrespecting me by calling me an idiot and saying I live in 'cloud cuckoo land' is rather demeaning. But I don't think my attitude is 'typical' at all, otherwise why would I be trying to fix the issue at hand? Many teenagers would sit around and mope, yet I (along with some others) are trying to do quite the opposite! Also, why I'm at it: Did I make ANY reference at all to spending my entire life doing something more interesting? If anything, the parameters of doing something more interesting was simply within a day. You might find this surprisingly, but teenagers are supposed to have fun - It's a little thing called childhood and memories, maybe you've heard of it? I do live in the real world, but I'm not currently responsible to take heed of it until my time in education is done and I start working and paying tax ect. Oh and may I just say, I think you need to start being a little nicer about the youth of today, we might just hold the key to your future. We may be less wise about the world, but we are certainly not stupid. I mean, you're the one insulting a 15 year old on the internet, right? SH-324B21
  • Score: 1

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