Bus being cut results in petition

Magalene Wilton (left) and Irene Parry from North Shields-seen with their bus petition at the News Guardian office.
Magalene Wilton (left) and Irene Parry from North Shields-seen with their bus petition at the News Guardian office.
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CHANGES to bus services has prompted two friends to launch a petition opposing the amendments.

Magdalene Wilson and Irene Parry, both residents of the Marden estate, are concerned that the removal of the X9 service means there is no public transport from their estate to North Tyneside General Hospital.

And the friends are not alone with their fears and have been supported by 317 people who have already signed their petition.

Irene said: “When I had to go to hospital I had to come in to Whitley Bay from Marden to get a bus to get to hospital.

“It’s going to impact on so many elderly people.

“If it could just go up past the hospital to the roundabout and then turnaround.”

The X6 replaced the X9 service as a number of changes to bus routes were introduced across the region last weekend.

Magdalene added: “Everyone we have spoken too supports the petition, and we know there are more people to sign it.

“We will leave it in the Marden Residents’ Association Club for a week if anyone does want to sign it, and then we will take to Arriva and hand it in.”

For anyone who wants to sign the petition, it will be at the association in Bavington Gardens for the next week.

Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East, said: “We have to make sure that our bus services benefit the majority of people living in the local areas we serve.

“Due to the very few number of people using the X9 service it was replaced by the X6 on September 16.

“Residents on the Marden estate can now catch the X6 to Whitley Bay every hour and then change on to service 308, which runs every 15 minutes to North Tyneside General Hospital, a total journey time of 21 minutes including connection time.

“In addition there is a 53 from Whitley Bay that also runs direct to the hospital every 30 minutes.

“It is disappointing that the number of signatures on the petition does not reflect the number of people that actually used this service in the past.”