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SHUT DOWN: Bus route linking Herts villages and towns to Buckinghamshire axed

 Published on: 13th June 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A bus route that connected Chorleywood, Croxley and Watford to various locations in Buckinghamshire will be closed due to low passenger numbers.

Carousel Buses, who operate the 103 service, say the route will continue to serve the stops in Buckinghamshire on the route, but will stop serving the Hertfordshire stops as of July 24.

A Carousel Buses spokesman said: “Under the terms of our Bus Recovery Grant funding from government we have reviewed the sustainability of our services in partnership with local authorities.

“We are pleased to confirm the 103 service will continue to operate between High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Amersham. However, it will serve Chesham rather than Watford from July 24 due to low customer usage on the section between Amersham and Watford. Unfortunately, this means it will no longer serve Chorleywood.

“We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and hope people understand we must make services financially sustainable as we continue to recover from the pandemic. We understand Hertfordshire County Council is considering providing a replacement service.”

A spokesperson for HCC said: “Hertfordshire County Council are seeking to provide a replacement bus service to partially cover the amended 103 bus service route, which previously ran from High Wycombe to Watford, and which is being withdrawn by Carousel at the end of July.

“The new 103 service will now cover a route between High Wycombe and Chesham only.

“Since Carousel confirmed their decision to change the 103 route to no longer serve Hertfordshire, the County Council is seeking to find the best solution for an alternative link between Chorleywood and Watford and are currently in discussions with an operator.”

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