New bus service off to a quiet start

Swindon Advertiser: New bus service off to a quiet start New bus service off to a quiet start

BUS users are being urged to ‘use it or lose it’ after a new service received a quiet response on its first day.

Just two people made the most of the new Service 153 from Thamesdown Transport on its first journey from Haydon Wick Asda Walmart at 7.55am yesterday.

The new service, which travels to Lydiard Park Academy and Windmill Hill, was launched after a successful trial last year, but was just as quiet on its return journey in the afternoon.

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “We expect to see a rise in passenger numbers over the coming weeks, particularly as the schools go back and more commuters from the north Swindon area see the ease and benefits of travelling by bus to Windmill Hill.

“Our trial of the route showed that there is demand for the north to west Swindon connection and so I would urge people to try it to see the potential for saving on commuting costs.

“However, it is vitally important that people use this new service in order for it to continue running, as is the case with all of our services across the town.”

As part of last year’s European Mobility Week, Thamesdown Transport ran a trial service from north to west Swindon.

“We knew that a large number of people who work at Windmill Hill travel from this area,” said Mr Jenkins. “We were sufficiently encouraged by that to now try this new service and we hope that Windmill Hill employees will find it a convenient and greener way to travel.

“Following discussions with Lydiard Park Academy, we have also designed the new service to enable students from north Swindon to travel on a direct bus to the academy for the first time.”

The service operates from Monday to Friday and starts at Haydon Wick Asda Walmart at 7.55am on each of the days.

It continues through Redhouse, Oakhurst, Taw Hill and Peatmoor to Grange Park for Lydiard Park Academy, arriving at 8.18am and Windmill Hill at 8.30am.

The return service runs from the Electron bus stop in Windmill Hill at 5.25pm arriving at Haydon Wick at 5.55pm.

On school days, there will also be a return journey from Lydiard Park Academy at 3.15pm, arriving at 3.40pm.

The single fare on the service is £2 for any journey for both adults and children.

TravelPasses, Student Travel-Passes and adult DayRiders are also accepted on the service.

DayRider tickets can be bought on the bus, however TravelPasses require a Smartcard, which can be applied for online through the Thamesdown website or at the Thamesdown Travel Shop in Fleming Way.

For more information visit www.thamesdownbus.com

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9:59am Tue 4 Sep 12

greenpacer says...

Oh wow what a service ! Two trips a day and it was'nt even advertised much. I certainly did'nt get a leaflet through the door ??? Anyway, you need more journeys than that and other places in West Swindon to call at. How about a service from Toothill to Hawksworth ! Or is Thamesdown not allowed on Toothill soil anymore since the demise of the old No. 2 !!
Oh wow what a service ! Two trips a day and it was'nt even advertised much. I certainly did'nt get a leaflet through the door ??? Anyway, you need more journeys than that and other places in West Swindon to call at. How about a service from Toothill to Hawksworth ! Or is Thamesdown not allowed on Toothill soil anymore since the demise of the old No. 2 !! greenpacer

10:03am Tue 4 Sep 12

timt1964 says...

when are they going to realise noone likes buses,look at all the empty bus lanes around town.waste of our money like the park and ride schemes.we will not use a bus because we are told to! anyway give it a chance but remember mighty swindon adver,cars rule!!
when are they going to realise noone likes buses,look at all the empty bus lanes around town.waste of our money like the park and ride schemes.we will not use a bus because we are told to! anyway give it a chance but remember mighty swindon adver,cars rule!! timt1964

10:32am Tue 4 Sep 12

greenpacer says...

We all like to use buses trouble is they don't allow much space for your shopping. How about some converted to take that shopping and visiting for example, most of the big shopping sites in the swindon area. Sainsbury's in Bridgemead has buses passing by it but are hardly suitable and don't visit enough of the area surrounding them ! Come on Thamesdown are you doing any kind of research ?
We all like to use buses trouble is they don't allow much space for your shopping. How about some converted to take that shopping and visiting for example, most of the big shopping sites in the swindon area. Sainsbury's in Bridgemead has buses passing by it but are hardly suitable and don't visit enough of the area surrounding them ! Come on Thamesdown are you doing any kind of research ? greenpacer

5:28pm Tue 4 Sep 12

ChristineT says...

I live in Grange Park and haven't heard that there is a new bus route? Maybe there could have been more publicity in the areas affected. It's a shame that it doesn't operate weekends, particularly on a saturday as I am sure it would have a lot more people using it to enable people to go shopping at Asda Walmart.
I live in Grange Park and haven't heard that there is a new bus route? Maybe there could have been more publicity in the areas affected. It's a shame that it doesn't operate weekends, particularly on a saturday as I am sure it would have a lot more people using it to enable people to go shopping at Asda Walmart. ChristineT

9:18pm Tue 4 Sep 12

woolster0 says...

timt1964 wrote:
when are they going to realise noone likes buses,look at all the empty bus lanes around town.waste of our money like the park and ride schemes.we will not use a bus because we are told to! anyway give it a chance but remember mighty swindon adver,cars rule!!
buses ARE packed these days, trouble is its full of freeloaders WASTING council tax payers money
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: when are they going to realise noone likes buses,look at all the empty bus lanes around town.waste of our money like the park and ride schemes.we will not use a bus because we are told to! anyway give it a chance but remember mighty swindon adver,cars rule!![/p][/quote]buses ARE packed these days, trouble is its full of freeloaders WASTING council tax payers money woolster0

10:55pm Tue 4 Sep 12

at home says...

Blimey £2 each, regardless of adult or child, for each journey? So 1 parent 1 child is £8 return?

TAXI!
Blimey £2 each, regardless of adult or child, for each journey? So 1 parent 1 child is £8 return? TAXI! at home

8:03am Wed 5 Sep 12

eucalyptus says...

As a commercial operation, Thamesdown can charge what they want. It does seem like a lot, but then once they've bought a vehicle, maintained it, fuelled it, paid drivers and all other associated costs, what's left?! They need to make some money to re-invest in new buses further down the line.

Anyway, if £4 a day is too much, there's always a weekly (£13.50) or monthly (£49) travelpass - then you can get about town in the evening/weekend too at no additional cost.
As a commercial operation, Thamesdown can charge what they want. It does seem like a lot, but then once they've bought a vehicle, maintained it, fuelled it, paid drivers and all other associated costs, what's left?! They need to make some money to re-invest in new buses further down the line. Anyway, if £4 a day is too much, there's always a weekly (£13.50) or monthly (£49) travelpass - then you can get about town in the evening/weekend too at no additional cost. eucalyptus

9:44am Wed 5 Sep 12

rmc001 says...

ChristineT wrote:
I live in Grange Park and haven't heard that there is a new bus route? Maybe there could have been more publicity in the areas affected. It's a shame that it doesn't operate weekends, particularly on a saturday as I am sure it would have a lot more people using it to enable people to go shopping at Asda Walmart.
The reason why you haven't heard about it ChristineT, is that this new service is only for people who live close to Asda Walmart who need transport to and from Windmill Hill and several schools in between. It only runs once in the morning, from north to west, and twice in the afternoon from west to north. You could use it on a weekday afternoon to travel to Asda Walmart, but you'd have to wait until the following morning for it to take you home! Why on earth can't they make it run in both directions???
[quote][p][bold]ChristineT[/bold] wrote: I live in Grange Park and haven't heard that there is a new bus route? Maybe there could have been more publicity in the areas affected. It's a shame that it doesn't operate weekends, particularly on a saturday as I am sure it would have a lot more people using it to enable people to go shopping at Asda Walmart.[/p][/quote]The reason why you haven't heard about it ChristineT, is that this new service is only for people who live close to Asda Walmart who need transport to and from Windmill Hill and several schools in between. It only runs once in the morning, from north to west, and twice in the afternoon from west to north. You could use it on a weekday afternoon to travel to Asda Walmart, but you'd have to wait until the following morning for it to take you home! Why on earth can't they make it run in both directions??? rmc001

12:47pm Thu 6 Sep 12

madridred says...

I live in Grange Park and only knew about this service as they've put a bus stop at the end of my road (right by the junction I might add... pretty dangerous for road users and pedestrians trying to cross the road)! There was a mention of it in the Link Magazine, but when I went to look on the Thamesdown website at the end of August there was still no mention of it!

As I work in Blagrove, I might use this service in the winter when it's cold and raining, but WHY OH WHY is there only one service in the morning and then one (or possibly two?) in the late afternoon?!

I have friends who live in North Swindon and was looking forward to being able to just catch the one bus up there again instead of changing in town, but I can't even do that with this timetable!

What would be a great idea (as mentioned above) is to re-establish the West Swindon to North Swindon route that used to be serviced by the 19 before it was changed to terminate in Sparcells.

Having lived in two other cities of a similar size in the last 8 years with MUCH better public transport, the bus service in Swindon never ceases to disappoint me. The services finish at 6pm-ish on a Sunday still I notice... *sigh*
I live in Grange Park and only knew about this service as they've put a bus stop at the end of my road (right by the junction I might add... pretty dangerous for road users and pedestrians trying to cross the road)! There was a mention of it in the Link Magazine, but when I went to look on the Thamesdown website at the end of August there was still no mention of it! As I work in Blagrove, I might use this service in the winter when it's cold and raining, but WHY OH WHY is there only one service in the morning and then one (or possibly two?) in the late afternoon?! I have friends who live in North Swindon and was looking forward to being able to just catch the one bus up there again instead of changing in town, but I can't even do that with this timetable! What would be a great idea (as mentioned above) is to re-establish the West Swindon to North Swindon route that used to be serviced by the 19 before it was changed to terminate in Sparcells. Having lived in two other cities of a similar size in the last 8 years with MUCH better public transport, the bus service in Swindon never ceases to disappoint me. The services finish at 6pm-ish on a Sunday still I notice... *sigh* madridred

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