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Middlecroft residents join MP campaign after being left isolated by bus cuts

Middlecroft residents join MP campaign after being left isolated by bus cuts

Following the removal of the Number 46 Bus, used by dozens of elderly residents in the Fern Avenue area of Middlecroft when visiting Chesterfield Royal Hospital, outraged pensioners have joined their MP in a final bid to have a truly local bus service re-instated.

Dozens of local people have been left isolated, unable to walk the substantial distance to catch the replacement service along Chesterfield Road, with many forced to pay expensive taxi fares to attend medical appointments or to visit the town centre.

Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, is backing the dozens of residents who signed a petition highlighting the situation. Mr. Perkins has written to both Stagecoach and the provider of the former 46 bus service, TM Travel, requesting that the local service be restored.

The 46 Bus served many elderly and disabled members of the community, providing a comparatively direct route to the Royal and Staveley town. Residents could access the bus stops on both Fern Avenue and Winster Road, cutting out a steep walk up Fern Avenue. Mr. Perkins held a public meeting at Edensor Court Community Room in Middlecroft last Friday to hear of the many ways in which the lives of local people had been negatively altered since the withdrawal earlier this year.

Many of the individual cases outlined at the meeting were alarming, including one senior citizen who has effectively been forced to pay over £16 per visit for a taxi to take her and her husband, himself suffering from Parkinson’s, to the hospital.

After the public meeting Mr. Perkins said:-

“Unfortunately for so many residents in this area, the decision for buses to no longer stop on Fern Avenue and Winster Road has been a huge blow to their independence and ability to get on with their daily lives. To have the service taken away, for whatever reasons, means dozens of people either have to pay relatively huge sums of money to catch a taxi, or even worse, cannot afford to leave their homes. I have written to both TM Travel and Stagecoach highlighting the need for these people’s concerns to be addressed, and I look forward to working with the local community here in Middlecroft to demand that elderly and less mobile people are not ignored on this issue”.

He added:-

“I refuse to accept that, between the residents, TM Travel and Stagecoach, a resolution cannot be found to accommodate those people who feel isolated now the buses no longer stop close to their homes”.

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