21st Sep, 2019

Wanted: Champions to help boost our buses

Rob George 5th Sep, 2019

A RALLYING call for Worcester residents to become ‘Bus Service Champions’ has been issued by campaigners devoted to saving public transport services across the city.

Volunteers from the Worcester Bus Users’ Forum are on the lookout for people to help get more city residents on the buses, improve services, cut congestion, reduce emissions in the city and get people out and about.

Forum chiefs will be in Angel Place, outside Crowngate bus station, on Saturday, September 14 from midday, with more information on how city commuters can be involved in saving their bus services.

The forum run by volunteers launched last year with the aim to get more people on the buses in Worcester,

Volunteers have been collecting comments, feedback and survey responses from their Facebook page, Twitter feed and website to pass on directly to service providers, as well as providing the public with information about changes to services.

And now forum chiefs hope to collect more detailed information on each of the services which begin and terminate at Crowngate bus station, as well as to provide up-to-date information for passengers.

The aim of the scheme is for least one volunteer per route to travel on the service every day or at least three times a week, who can report issues with the service to the forum via Facebook, Twitter or directly online.

Whenever traffic issues cause diversions, they encounter broken bus stops, missing services, patterns of delays or other re-occurring issues, the Bus Users’ Forum would like to hear about it.

This will not only be useful information to current and future service providers and the council, but fellow commuters who can be kept informed of changes, delays and other problems with services.

Forum chairperson Emily Bond said: “We have unfortunately found ourselves in a cycle of poor service, low passenger numbers, leading to reduced services, that then reduces take-up further.

“We believe that as a community we can improve the situation by supporting public transport locally, reporting issues more efficiently and promoting car-free travel through the city of Worcester.”

Aspiring service champions can visit www.worcesterbusforum.org.uk or join members at Angel Place next Saturday for more.

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