A LABOUR councillor has slammed the council plan to make all rural bus routes terminate at a park and ride site instead of travelling into the city centre.
Cllr David Robinson, Labour’s spokesman on the environment, said it was impractical for passengers to get off buses at a park and ride, then board a shuttle bus into the city.
Places which could be affected by the plan, which is part of the Chester Transport Strategy currently being considered by the council, include Waverton, Tattenhall, Malpas, Tarvin, Kelsall and some Boughton and Vicars Cross services.
A number of minor services which only run a couple times a week are also included in the plan.
Cllr Robinson said he fears people will be put off taking the bus because of the extra inconvenience.
He said: “The idea is to reduce the number of buses in the city centre.
“It is bizarre because anyone who uses buses wants them to take you from A to B and if there are changes it puts you off, especially for the elderly.”
The bus routes affected
6 - Townlynx – hourly – Chester to Pantynwyn
13 – Arriva – two journeys on Sundays and bank holidays – Chester – Broughton – Penymynydd – Mold – Loggerheads Country Park
41/41A/41B – Helms of Eastham – Mon to Sat 30 mins (Chester-Waverton) hourly (Chester-Tattenhall) Sundays two hourly Chester to Whitchurch – Chester – Christleton – Tattenhall – Malpas – Whitchurch
81/82/82A/82B/X82 – GHA – Every 30mins Mon to Fri, Hourly Sat, two hourly Sun – Chester – Boughton – Vicars Cross Road – Tarvin – Kelsall – Sandiway – Hartford – Northwich
83 – Vale of Llangollen – Tuesday only 1 journey – Bulkeley – Bunbury – Huxley – Chester
84 – Arriva – Chester to Crewe – Every 30mins Mon to Sat – Chester – Vicars Cross Road – Tarvin – Duddon – Tarporley – Calveley – Nantwich – Crewe
C56 – D Jones and sons – Chester to Wrexham – Hourly weekdays and two hourly on Sat – Chester – Boughton – Saighton – Aldford – Farndon – Holt – Wrexham
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