Following the change to the X5 service which now only stops on the main road, we have a noticed an increase in people using Service 8 to go into Swindon.  Long may this continue and we would like to see more residents using the bus service.  It is a coincidence that since Salisbury Reds made their decision to change their bus service, there have been problems with getting into and out of the Great Western Hospital.  Copies of the new X4/X5 timetables are available from the Thamesdown Travel Office in Fleming Way, Swindon.

Chiseldon Parish Council have asked SBC if an improvement can be made to the crossing on main road by the Primary School, similar to the one on the other side of the Esso Station.  We are also looking at a new bus stop between the Esso Station and Bush Crossroads, if the SBC Highways will allow it.

It is good news to hear that we have saved the evening buses 70A and 72A and would like to congratulate the three ladies who organised the petition and also all the residents who signed it.  SBC’s Transport Department are not withdrawing their share of this contract with Wiltshire Council, so the three evening buses will remain.

There have been a number of fare changes with Thamesdown Transport launching a new Young Person’s fare, which takes the age up from 16 to 20 and concessionary passholders can now buy this fare before 9.30am.  Stagecoach have launched a weekly ticket of a Dayrider Plus for £14.50.

Extensive roadworks have carried on at Greenbridge Roundabout which is causing traffic problems throughout the day time and evening rush.

At the moment GWR trains are on diversion because of the closure of the Severn Tunnel, until Friday 21 October.  Trains goes direct from Swindon, via Gloucester to Newport, South Wales, adding an extra 40 minutes to the journey.

Arriva Trains Wales have launched their 55 Club for passengers over 55 to travel anywhere within Wales for £24.00 return until the 27th October.

David Hill – Chiseldon Parish Council