The bus company Trent Barton seem to have caused considerable anguish to the residents of Little Eaton and Coxbench with plans to cut out service of the buses 9.1 and 9.2 at the end of May 2016.
In an apparent attempt (from user feedback) to make the 9.1 and 9.2 have better timekeeping, the routes will cut out the village to save a few minutes on the timetable and avoid getting snagged up in traffic at the Little Eaton/Abbey hill roundabout on the A38, a known trouble spot for traffic ques. Instead, the bus services will stay on the A38 instead of nipping off into the two villages to pick up passengers
The effects of this on the village means that there is now only two buses serving the village (also owned by Trent Barton) and results in No Night service for the village after 7PM and the Sunday service will also be impacted with fewer buses
Young people will not be able to get the bus into Derby, only 3-4 miles away to meet friends after school or get back late from college or University. A taxi to or from Derby is around £10 each way, compared to a £2.40 bus ticket each way
Others people won't be able to get to work in the village that several businesses expressed concerned about and would have a profound impact on their staff. With unhelpful suggestions that they should get off at Pektron Roundabout and walk, with no mention of how someone with a disability would cope with the distance of about a mile
The other downside is that the 9.1 & 9.2 also go north of the villages to Alfreton, Ripley, and Mansfield. Now passengers will need to travel into Derby and change, so the bus can come back the same way they traveled and drive past the villages adding an additional 40 minutes on to a typical journey
The open meeting, thrown together in hastily but organized fashion and was heavily attended (I counted 98) Which showed the concern especially as lots of people were at work for the 11.30 Monday morning start. As I only saw the posters up on Thursday they had managed to get two two representatives for TrentBarton to attend, who admittedly were also shocked by the turnout
Some of the residents after the meeting expressed concern for further reduction in bus services to the village, as the Council subsidies of bus services which will end in 2017 due to economic cutbacks. As the Amberline service is a subsidized Sunday route there is already speculation that this may be lost, meaning no bus service on a Sunday at all. The Derby Garden Centre, The Queens Head, Debs and Nursing Homes all have staff traveling into the village on a Sunday.
As the service is due to end in May the representatives from Trent Barton have to move fast with the feedback and further meetings are expected within the week to ten days, something I don't think the representatives will look forward to unless, they have some good news as the attitude of the attending villagers was pitchforks at the ready