Council will keep wheels in motion
PUBLISHED: 05:39 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:10 31 May 2010
PRESSURE from district councillor Alan Dean and affected residents has made Essex County Council step in to subsidise a threatened bus service. The 333 service operated by Excel connecting Stansted Mountfitchet with Bishop s Stortford, Harlow and Epping,
PRESSURE from district councillor Alan Dean and affected residents has made Essex County Council step in to subsidise a threatened bus service.
The 333 service operated by Excel connecting Stansted Mountfitchet with Bishop's Stortford, Harlow and Epping, was to be withdrawn this week.
However, the county council has decided to provide about £500 per week to enable its replacement service, the 7A, to operate from Monday, February 12.
County Cllr Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This is a valuable bus route for local residents so it was important for us to be able to look for a solution.
"Providing this funding and replacement service was the only possible answer."
The replacement service will run from Monday to Friday, leaving Maitland Road in Stansted hourly from 9am until 2pm.
It will travel to the Bishop's Stortford Interchange via the Herts and Essex Hospital.
Return buses will run hourly from Bishop's Stortford between 9.25am and 2.25pm.
Cllr Ray Gooding, County Council Member for Stansted, said: "I am delighted that the county council has been able to act so quickly in this situation to ensure that local residents can continue to use this vital local bus service."
But District Cllr Alan Dean, who represents Stansted has been closely involved in the campaign to save the service, said he would need to speak to bus users before deciding whether or not it was sufficient.
He said: "This is a good start, but I will need to look at the details more closely before we start celebrating.
"I will have to see how local people react to it, but this certainly seems a step in the right direction.
"However, it does not seem good for afternoon hospital appointments or afternoon shopping.
"I will keep on the case and press for an extension to its operating hours.
"What's key now is that enough people use it to justify its extension.