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Councillors join forces to try to save threatened bus service

 Published on: 25th July 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Councillors in Rickmansworth and Watford have joined forces to try and save a bus service which has been threatened with the axe.

When people in Maple Cross expressed concerns that the 324 bus service could be scrapped by operator Arriva, Three Rivers District Council chairman Phil Williams set up a petition which is being supported by Watford mayor Peter Taylor. The 324 runs from Maple Cross to the Francis Combe Academy in Garston.

Cllr Williams said he has been unhappy with Arriva for some time because 324 buses often run late and sometime don’t turn up at all.

He commented: “It’s just not good enough. The last bus to Maple Cross is 7pm after which the village is devoid of public transport. It’s even worse for West Hyde who have no public transport at all. How can they even think about cutting the service? There’s a new school opening with 800 pupils!”

Cllr Taylor backed his Lib Dem colleague.

He added: “Watford needs better bus services not cuts to one of the existing routes. People living along this route, particularly in the Meriden estate, rely on this bus to get to work, to get to hospital appointments, to go to college or to see friends and family. It would be terrible if it was removed. I hope everyone who cares about this service will sign this petition to save the 324 bus.”

You can sign the petition online by going to

There are also hard copies in the Maple Cross and West Hyde Community Centre.

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