Extended bus service delights shoppers in Gloucester
PEOPLE power has won the day for passengers in Whaddon.
Residents have been given an extra bus service after campaigners said there was not enough room for everybody who wanted to use it.
The new service will leave from outside Sainsbury's in Oakley at the end of each week day.
A victim of its own success, the V service had proved so popular that some passengers from the Windsor Street area had not been able to get onto the bus either in the morning or on its return leg.
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Campaigners from the community lobbied Gloucestershire County Council for the service to be extended and a later service was devised.
It means passengers might be more tempted to use the 10.25am service from Sainsbury's via Cleevemount Estate rather than the busier 9.25am service.
The popular service will also stop at the Royal Well Bus Station.
Cynthia Warden, 67, of Cleevemount Road, said residents had been asking for the service to be extended for a while.
She said: "We are really pleased they have extended the service and it just goes to show what can happen when you apply a little pressure.
"We are glad they have listened to us and it will make a big difference."
The return journey – which will run two hours later than the original service time – will depart from Sainsbury's at 3.57pm, Cheltenham Hospital at 4.03pm, Cheltenham Royal Well at 4.06pm and North Street at 4.08pm.
Helen Walker, 65, of Cakebridge Road, added the extended service would give shoppers more flexibility.
"It hopefully will prevent an end-of-day rush and allow those who want to go home earlier to do so and likewise those staying later can still get home," she said.
The service will continue to serve all bus stops in the Cleevemount Estate on request.
Councillor David Prince, local county councillor, said: "I am hopeful that the changes we are making will address problems some users have been experiencing on the earlier morning service.
"I would like to thank the residents of Cleevemount Estate for their patience while we have been working with the operators to come up with this solution."