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Labour acts to save vital Meriden bus service - sign the petition below
Labour has moved quickly to save the vital 324 bus service that links Meriden and Garston with Watford Town Centre and the Hospital. Arriva have decided to axe the service from the end of September leaving residents who use the route angry and isolated.
Watford County Councillor Nigel Bell and Meriden Labour Team Leader John Dowdle have met Arriva managers 31st July in a bid to persuade them to continue the service or at least give longer notice so an alternative can be arranged. Arriva are claiming the service is not commercially viable as fewer people are using it.
Councillor Nigel Bell said, “I condemn this unilateral decision by Arriva to scrap this bus service. They took on the obligation to run this bus route and they should not simply walk away from it because it doesn’t make enough profit. This is a public service that people rely on.
“We have met Arriva bosses to try and persuade them to reverse their decision, but we also met Herts Council Officers and have called on the County to appoint another bus operator to run the service from the end of September and to provide a subsidy if necessary. Profit cannot be the sole criteria for running bus services. Following this meeting I am cautiously optimistic that we may save the route.”
Meriden Labour Team Leader John Dowdle said, “I have spoken to many residents who are understandably angry and distraught over this decision to scrap a service they rely upon. They have my support and I will fight to save this bus service.
“This situation has happened because the Tory Government privatised bus services and allowed operators to walk away from providing services with just 42 days’ notice. This cannot be right. Buses are an important public service that should be run for people not profit.”