A recent survey of bus usage is indicating a lower number of passengers using the revised services. Unfortunately, unless a sufficient number of people use these bus services, they will be withdrawn. I would therefore encourage you make as much use of the bus services as possible.

I would like to point out the three services that are getting very little usage. The Monday-Friday Service 80 from the Landmark stop at 08.59 and the Saturday morning 80 service from the Landmark at 07.19. Also, the X5 service, last bus of the day which leaves the Bus Station at 18.30. This bus does a loop at the top of the village, which was requested by Chiseldon residents a few months ago.

The roadworks on Junction 15 are now unlikely to start before January 2020, although most of the current bus timetables, make a time allowance for this work to have started in September 2019. The Junction 15 works is a joint Highways England and Badbury Park Developers project and will have no input from SBC.

We have had a positive response to the X5 service going into GWH to pick up passengers on its outward journey from Swindon. The bus company is pleased by the number of passengers they are picking up.

Swindon has been awarded a £25million grant from the Government for developing the town centre and this will probably mean that we will finally get a new bus interchange.

The Government intends to bring in a law to ban cars from parking on footways or pavements. This is to be rolled out after the success of the scheme, already operating in the London area.

For train users the prices of fares are due to rise in January.

David Hill