Sabden bus protest campaigners set to meet with man behind decision to axe their service

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Campaigners, who are fighting tooth and nail a decision to axe their one bus service, are set to meet with the man responsible for taking the bus off the road.

Save our Service campaigners from Sabden will meet with County Coun. John Fillis, who gave the thumbs down to supporting keeping the bus service, on Monday.

He agreed to meet campaign representatives when he was interviewed on a local radio station.

The decision prompted outrage and upset in the tightknit community which has 1,500 residents.

The SOS group is now compiling a dossier of evidence to support their case but they have appealed for anyone who has information or individual stories that may strengthen their case to come forward.

The group is also in contact with TransDev, the bus service company, to get costings for a reduced service of six round-trip bus journeys a day.

Sabden’s story hit the headlines when residents launched a high profile protest and marched on county hall to express their disgust at he decision to remove the bus service. They are claiming that many residents rely on public transport to get to work, school and college.

Husband and wife duo Mark and Annie Woodward have made a video to back the campaign and they are also writing a song about it.

Many elderly residents have been affected by the bus stoppage and Christine Grimshaw who is the chief executive of Ribble Valley Homes has written to Lancashire County Council pointing out that they have 50 social housing homes in the village with virtually every tenant relying on the bus. She also states that the organisation used Sabden’s good public transport system as one of the key selling points.

Anyone with information to support the campaign is asked to leave their contact details at the Village News shop.