The reinstatement of a popular Garston bus route has been hailed as ‘a real victory’ by campaigners.
Arriva had decided to axe the 324 service that runs through the Meriden estate at the end of this month but now transport chiefs at Hertfordshire County Council have agreed to step in and save the bus route.
Meriden councillor Amanda Grimston presented her petition of almost 2,000 signatures to county councillors on Thursday, September 20 and they have now agreed to step in and save the bus route.
Transport chiefs have recruited Red Eagle to run a six month service while they shop around for a long term provider. It’s thought the timetable may be slightly different but will offer the all-important “shopper” service to the town centre.
Watford Borough Council have said in principle that they can assist with funding the service.
Cllr Amanda Grimston said: “I’d like to thank the 2,000 residents who have signed the petition, and those who have helped get their neighbours to support the campaign. This is a real victory for local residents. This service is a lifeline to people living on the Meriden estate and across North Watford.”
Watford Mayor Peter Taylor said: “I’m determined that Watford should have better bus services and that we do not cut vital local routes such as the 324.
Councillor Amanda Grimston has worked tirelessly with local residents to fight for this bus service. I am relieved that we have managed to secure this temporary solution. Now we must work together to make sure that residents in the Meriden Estate and across our town have bus services that they can depend on.”