Wittering residents rally against bus changes
Wittering residents are fighting against changes to their bus service amidst fears it could lead to social isolation.
From January 5, Delaine Buses is reducing its 205 service, that links Stamford to Peterborough via Wittering, to one bus every two hours and removing the weekend service because the usage ‘is quite low’.
A campaign has been launched to try and get Peterborough City Council to subsidise the service.
Richard Roffe, chairman of Wittering Parish Council, said: “We want the changes to the service reversed.
“We had a good bus service for many years and then three or four months ago, Delaine took over and some changes were made.
“There’s children who use the bus to go to school in Peterborough or Stamford and also a lot of people who use the bus to go to work.
“It’s a terrible situation.
“Peterborough City Council has no interest in the rural areas.”
Mr Roffe added that further meetings over the issue will be taking place in the coming weeks.
Residents’ concerns centre around the fact that people without a car will find it harder to get out of the village to go to Peterborough or Stamford.
Anthony Delaine-Smith, managing director of Delaine Buses, said: “We took over the route on October 22 this year and we are the third operator in seven years.
“We put together a similar timetable to the previous operator to evaluate the service and it does not justify two buses as the patronage is quite low.
“We are not even covering the fuel and wage costs.
“We are still running a service into Peterborough and Stamford for commuters.
“Because of the access into Wittering from the A1, large vehicles cannot cross over so they have to go up to Wansford and come back up.”
A spokesman for Peterborough City Council, said: “At a time when council funding has been significantly reduced, we have to consider making difficult decisions in order to protect frontline services.
“Despite this, we have invested substantially in sustainable transport in recent years including improvements to cycle networks and remain fully committed to considering the environmental impact of everything we