Bus firm’s U-turn over route change plans

Outraged passengers have forced travel firm Trent Barton into a U-turn over plans to change bus routes in Belper.

As reported in last week’s Belper News, 40 residents packed into a meeting of the town council after proposals were announced to vary the route of the 6.4 and 6.X services.

They also put together a petition signed by 443 people in a bid to convince bosses at the transport company to ditch the plans.

Belper North councillor Alan Cox, said: “I am very pleased to be able to report that, following the meeting at Belper Town Council on September 11, Trent Barton have stated that there will be no alteration to their 6.4/6.X service.

“I would like to thank all those who were able to turn up to the town council to put their views to Trent Barton. I would also like to thank the two ladies who, off their own bat, organised a petition to oppose the proposed changes.

“Well done to Belper residents for their prompt response to the threat to their bus service.”

The changes would have meant the routes no longer took in Crich Lane, Coronation Avenue, Cherry Tree Avenue and Appleton Drive - instead going straight along Far Laund to Ashford Rise.

Trent Barton made an application to the Traffic Commissioner to vary the routes from late October, saying it wanted to “improve punctuality” and avoid roads which were “difficult to negotiate”.

However, in an email to councillor Cox this week they confirmed they were no longer pursuing the idea. The firm had previously tried to make similar route changes in 2000 which were met with local opposition.

Resident Margaret Gummerson helped organise the petition.

She said: “I wouldn’t be able to get into Belper to do my shopping without these services.

“I use it quite a bit.I know one 91-year-old lady who completely relies on it.”