We called at almost 500 houses in the Hamilton Drive area – sorry we didn’t get to meet everyone, but we wanted to report to council officers who have been considering the future of the 44 Bus Service.
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, especially those who wrote extra comments.
The Transdev 44 service used to run from Acomb to Heslington on a contract partly funded by the University. Last October, that was replaced by the 66 bus between the station and the university. City of York Council then stepped in to make sure Transdev continued the 44 service from Acomb to the station, up to March 2017. A decision on its future is expected soon and local residents say they want a service to continue and improve.
John Tull and Aileen Hingston want the 44 bus service to continue, to go further into the city centre and to be more reliable.
Aileen Hingston, Holgate Liberal Democrat activist and local resident, said
“Liberal Democrats have spoken to local residents and it is clear that people really value the 44 route so they can get into town, or to Acomb shops. However, the recent service has been unreliable and doesn’t go far enough into the city.
“We are calling on the Council to make sure there is still a bus along Hamilton Drive and Holly Bank. Roads like Mattison Way and Lady Hamilton Drive are a good walk from any alternative bus route. Ideally, the service should go on beyond the railway station, which isn’t where elderly passengers are trying to get to. A turn round at Piccadilly would be much better.
“What people say they want most is reliability. They don’t want to wait in the cold for an uncertain service, and then have to change buses at the station. They want it back the way it used to be.”
for the full text of our letter to the Council, including anonymised quotations from your survey responses.