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Changes are to be made at the end of next month to a non-stop bus service which runs between Derby and Spondon and back to the city daily.
Trent Barton has confirmed that it will be talking to people who use the Spondon Flyer in the next few weeks, ahead of the new timetable which will come into force on Sunday, October 29.
Spondon councillors from Derby City Council revealed the bus company’s proposals on their Facebook page, which include reducing the daytime service from every ten minutes to every 15 minutes and also cutting out the blue route via Chapel Street and Locko Road.
This means the service will run one-way around Spondon on the current green route via Stoney Lane and Sandringham Drive.
Trent Barton, which has not consulted the public on the changes, has said it will keep people fully informed. Jordan Kemp, the company’s marketing and communications manager, said: “We’ll be making changes to Spondon Flyer from Sunday, October 29. These changes will be communicated to our customers and the local community in the coming days through various methods.
“Local team members will also be holding events in the near future across the route to talk to customers and make them aware and explain the upcoming changes.”
More than 80 comments have been left on the Spondon Councillors Facebook page and many of them are happy with the proposed changes.
Pete Cudworth wrote: “Can't see a problem there. At times the buses were too frequent, empty quite a bit. As long as there is no fare increase.”
Another response came from Mark J Smith, who said: “Being entirely selfish, I'm happy with this change because I'm on the crossover at Sancroft Road which meant buses were actually 20 minutes apart - rather than 15 in the future.”
Janice Hallam added: “Can see this working as Chapel Street was a nightmare for the drivers.”
And Angela Croft thinks that “four buses an hour is fine”. She said: “There are many buses throughout the day that are empty so why not cut back the frequency. We have a decent service compared to some villages, don't knock it.”
But Stuart Dare thinks that little thought has been given to the disabled or elderly, “who can’t walk to other stops”.
Andie Blurton has similar concerns and said: “What about all the old people who rely on the buses just for a few stops around Spondon as they cannot walk far, I myself have an elderly mum and aunt and, for them, this will make a massive difference.”