Residents in Chalfont St Giles (CSG) are campaigning to improve bus services in the village.
Vicky Winter, a mother of two, has started a campaign for a more regular service, with a route linking Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter to Little Chalfont, where the nearest railway and underground service is.
Vicky told ChalfontNews: “Not having a fit for purpose bus service is ridiculous. Chalfont St Giles is so badly connected, as a working mother I find it incredibly frustrating. I have lived here for 10 years and the demographic has changed with lots of families and people having second cars to get their kids to school.
“The argument that people in the Chalfonts don’t use buses is outdated. Public transport links are vital to reduce congestion and pollution.”
Local residents have shown support for the campaign, with more than 200 likes and 100 comments on a Facebook post suggesting the new route.
Phil Southall, Managing Director of Carousel Buses said: “The past two years have brought unprecedented challenges to bus operators. Despite this, we are proud of the fact we have been able to deliver improvements in services for the Chalfonts during this difficult period.
From September 2020, we changed our Chiltern Hundreds services to deliver an amended routing for service 104, which now provides much improved services.
From September 2021, we were able to deliver more improvements with the introduction of service 106/107, from Chalfont Common and Chalfont St Peter to Slough.
Unfortunately, the financial challenges facing bus operators at the current time are substantial. As a result, it is unlikely that we would be able to provide the service that residents are asking for unless a significant source of funding for such a service can be found.”
Buckinghamshire Council were contacted for comment.
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