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Have Your Say On Bus Services In York


6:01am 13th July 2013

First Bus say there is still time for people to shape their future bus services as part of a consultation programme.

So far five public consultation drop in sessions have taken place in Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Huntington, Osbaldwick and Clifton Moor. First say that hundreds of people have turned up to take part in the sessions.

Consultation began on Wednesday 26th June when York’s Bus User Group met at York Council offices to discuss First’s current bus services.

First plans to hold three more public drop in sessions to meet directly with customers or anyone with a view on buses and how the services can be improved and what links they would like to see.

People who can’t make the meetings can fill in a customer survey online (www.firstgroup.com/yorkconsultation) or write to First before Friday 26 July.

First say they are determined to get more people on their buses in York which will help ease the congestion on York’s roads and in turn lead to better air quality in the region – one of City of York Council’s key environmental objectives.

First say they are responsible for eleven million passenger journeys a year across a network of fifteen routes including five Park & Ride services.

Brandon Jones, Head of Communications for First in York said: “We would like to thank the residents of Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Huntington, Osbaldwick and Clifton Moor for taking the time to attend our drop in sessions.

“We have received hundreds of comments about what they think of our bus services and more importantly how we can improve them to encourage more people to travel by bus.

“There is still time for other people to take part. We have come up with a number of ways for the York community to get their views across to us, either face to face, online or in writing. We now need local people to take a small amount of time out of their daily routine to respond to us.”

York Central MP Hugh Bayley said: ““Buses provide an essential local service and I am pleased that First York are holding a number of consultation events for members of the public. 

“The meetings give passengers the opportunity to put their views to First York and to ask questions. Services cannot always be changed to suit everyone’s needs but First York need to explain their reasons when this happens. First York’s representatives will listen to their bus passengers and take their concerns on board.  

“I hope that lots of people attend the meetings and that services across the city improve as a result.”

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said: “After campaigning to improve bus services in the area, I’m delighted to hear that First are reviewing their network and I really hope their services can be improved for the benefit of all. I would encourage all York residents to try to go along to one of the drop-in sessions or have their say online. I look forward to seeing what changes will be made by First in light of the consultation.”

Public Meetings:

Saturday 13 July - Acomb Parish Church Hall, 0900 - 1200

Tuesday 16 July - York city centre, West Offices, 1000-1400

Go to www.firstgroup.com/yorkconsultation

Write to (closing date Friday 26 July)
Freepost Licence Number RRZY - GBKG – AKYR

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