Waiting for the bus that never comes- Hanover residents campaign for bus service to be reinstated
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Environment, Local Government
Older people living at a Hanover Extra Care housing development in Tadcaster were joined by MP Nigel Adams as they continued their campaign to get their local bus service reinstated.
In October 2013 the coastliner bus service which runs through Tadcaster was re-routed via the Woodlands estate and no longer went past Popple Well Springs.
In the past, substantial funds were raised from several members of the local community, including Tadcaster Town Council, to place a bus shelter close to the estate on Leeds Road.
Opposition to the bus company’s decision was addressed at a town council meeting last November where residents presented the council and a representative from the bus company (Transdev) with a petition signed by 350 local people.
The petition was largely thanks to Popple Well Springs resident 66 year old Barbara Smith who said: “I hope that the bus company reconsider their decision.
“One of my neighbours is partially sighted and will not walk to the bus stop without the help of another person to escort her, as the journey involves walking along Leeds Road which is the main route through Tadcaster.
“Although there are adequate paths provided, her partial sightedness causes her anxiety as she often does not see traffic approaching - she can only hear it.”
Tom Brown, Head of Operations North at Hanover Housing Association, added: “The loss of the bus service has been disruptive to residents. On a few occasions we have been very concerned about residents’ health. In particular, those with breathing difficulties and mobility issues have struggled as there are no facilities such as benches to rest along the route between Popple Well Springs and the closest bus stop.”
Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty said: "It makes complete sense to restore some of the Coastliner services so Popplewell residents can use the bus stop which was erected outside the home.
“ I will be inviting Transdev to meet with myself and residents so we can put the case to reinstate the service"