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Canterbury city councillor urges Stagecoach to reverse bus changes

A Canterbury city councillor is urging Stagecoach bosses to re-evaluate their decision to change bus services around East Kent.

This comes after Stagecoach unveiled their latest timetable, which saw bus services cut down drastically in two areas.

The number 6, which runs between Herne Bay, Broomfield, Beltinge, Greenhill and Canterbury, will now arrive hourly.

Despite being labelled as an improvement, many are furious and continue to protest against this decision.

Transport is more than just a convenience; it’s an essential service

Joe Howes, deputy leader of the Conservatives on Canterbury City Council, has taken to to start a petition, urging Stagecoach to reserve their decision.

It has 405 signatures so far, the petition can be found here.

On the petition, he said: “The current bus frequency provided much greater flexibility for individual travel plans for those reliant upon public transport.

“According to data from Transport Focus (2019), approximately 61% of public transport users in our district are dependent on buses for work or education.

“Age UK reports over half of people aged 75+, live alone and regular bus services can help combat loneliness among this demographic.

“We must remember that public transport is more than just a convenience; it’s an essential service that supports the economy and fosters community cohesion.”

Further bus numbers running between Herne Bay and Whitstable, have now been halved from four to two, resulting in one service every 30 minutes.

Stagecoach has been approached for comment.