Update at http://option247.uk/update_20161026.html
for those of you living in Wiltshire or using services that pass through Wiltshire on any part of their route. Lots of stuff I could quote - probably easier to follow the link though.
Solution - 2017/18 year
Solution - longer term
Some new links of interest
There's both opportunities and dangers, and it's great not to be having massive cuts (10% rather than 50% in the next financial year). With bus operator, council and community working together towards shared goals, and each occasionally compromising in the shorter term for the medium and long term good of all, this offers a window of opportunity. But if the next year's taken as purely a 'holding position' until after the May 2017 local council elections, and if others use it to consolidate positions in anticipation of cuts the following year, we may find that the 10% rather than 50% is a battle won, but a war is still to be fought with both sides having had 12 months to regroup and strengthen their defences.
You'll find the following shortly on Facebook too ...
Update meeting ... 12th November 2016, for 11 a.m.; Well House Manor, 48, Spa Road, Melksham, SN12 7NY.
200 yards from Melksham Market Place; 20 minutes walk from Melksham Station
By invitation only (not a public meeting) but please ask if you would like an invite ;-) ... Community members (especially those with bus knowledge and / or active time to help) very welcome indeed.
Draft Agenda for informal(ish) review for Wiltshire Community / options 24/7.
- Where we stand now on buses in Wiltshire
- Bus Services Bill updates
- Looking forward to the next year
- Looking forward beyond a year
Convenient arrivals for this meeting (and - sshhh - we have plenty of parking)
09:35 train from Westbury
10:40 train from Swindon (I can pick up from station)
10:31 bus from Chippenham
10:41 bus from Frome and Trowbridge
10:28 bus from Bath
10:04 bus from Urchfont and Devizes