A Thamedown Transport route serving North Swindon is not attracting enough passengers and there are worries that it may close if it does not become economically viable soon.
Blunsdon Parish Council is concerned about low passenger numbers on the recently launched 15A bus service through North Swindon, connecting Taw Hill, Oakhurst and Redhouse to Swindon town centre.
The service was launched by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson in September and runs every 20 minutes from before 6am until after 11pm.
Council chairman Stuart Boyd said, "we were pleased when Thamesdown improved the bus service for Redhouse and had hoped that the 15A would prove a popular route. However it appears that despite requests for this route it is little used and unless passenger numbers increase it is likely to be withdrawn.
"This is a classic case of use it or lose it, so we urge residents to make use of this service before it is too late."
Managing director of Thamesdown Transport, Paul Jenkins, pictured left, said, "the improved Service 15A timetable, with its extra early morning and late evening journeys, was only launched on 19 September and we have no plans to review its future yet.
"Following the distribution of timetable leaflets through The Link, I’m pleased to say we are beginning to see some growth in passenger numbers over last year. Observed loadings on the service may appear low as it passes through Redhouse because this is the far end of the route and the buses pick up further passengers through Oakhurst and Taw Hill on the way into town.
"Nevertheless, I support the parish council"s call for local residents to make the fullest use of Service 15A, as maintaining it at a 20 minute frequency will ultimately depend on the numbers of passengers using the buses."