Council submits two £1m bids to improve rural bus services

By Jamie Hill - 27 June 2020

Community

A new, flexible form of public transport that focuses on passenger need rather than routes and timetables could connect residents in rural parts of the borough.

Swindon Borough Council have submitted two bids worth £1.05m each, to Government, to improve public transport links for residents in villages like Castle Eaton, Hannington, Inglesham, Chiseldon, Liddington and Wanborough. At the moment they have few frequent, reliable, registered local bus services they can depend on in order to get to work, attend hospital appointments or for social and leisure activities.

The new services would connect the rural villages to places like the Orbital Retail Park, Great Western Hospital, Swindon Railway Station and the town centre. Vehicles used to provide this new service could be a bus, minibus or taxi.

The council will be invited to develop more detailed plans with the Department for Transport if the initial bid is successful.

The new service would also help to reduce the number of vehicles on local roads and improve air quality.

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