MORE than 600 signatures have been collected on a petition against changes to a bus route in Swindon.

Cindy Matthews, 63, of Tithe Barn Crescent in Okus, started the petition against cuts to the number 23 service from Stratton Park to Okus.

The 23 bus was altered at the weekend and now runs between Fleming Way, Walcot East, Coleview and Stratton Park and the number 22 has been re-routed to serve Okus and Old Town.

Mrs Matthews said: “There was no consultation, nobody knew anything.

“My neighbour came round and she didn’t know what she was going to do because she is elderly and widowed and she doesn’t have a car.

“Now we only have an hourly service and the last one to go into town leaves at 3.45pm.”

Anyone wanting to add their name to the petition can email or call 01793 644388.

The petition will eventually be handed in to the council and if there are enough signatures it will be debated at a council meeting as part of its new petition scheme.

Paul Jenkins, of Thamesdown Transport Ltd said average passenger numbers on the number 23 service from Stratton Park to Okus were about seven.