Proposal to cancel our Thamesdown number 47 bus ! We need your support NOW !!

Your local bus service needs you !

You may have already heard that Swindon Borough Council have made a recommendation to cancel the No. 47 Thamesdown Bus service that serves this and surrounding villages.  The recommendation is that this service ceases to run on the 24th October 2013 in order to make savings as it has been decided that this service is no longer viable.  You may think differently, or know someone who does.

You may or may not currently use this bus service but the bus is an essential part of keeping our village accessible and many people rely on this service.  If we lose this service, we will never get it back.

We desperately need your help. NOW ! This recommendation to cancel our village lifeline will be voted upon at the next Swindon Borough Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday 11th September at 6pm and our case will be presented by our Ridgeway Ward Councillor – Andrew Bennett.

Please can we ask you to do two things to support our campaign to save our Bus.

1)     In Writing;

Please email Councillor Andrew Bennett on and voice your support for the No. 47 Bus.  Please ask anyone in your household / or other people you know, who also has an email address to do the same.  If you do not have email please contact him on 01793 790563, or write to him at Forge Cottage, 2 Church Road, Wanborough, SN4 0BZ.

Please also copy your local MP Robert Buckland on


2)     In Person;

We have the opportunity to gather a small army of local villagers who are passionate about retaining our bus service.  Therefore we are asking that you join us for the opening ‘Public Question Time’ part of this meeting and add weight to our support of this service.  Historically the more public support for an issue such as this the better impact we can have.  The meeting starts at 6pm on Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Committee Room 6, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH. We are looking to take as many passionate villagers as possible.  If you drive, please ask around to see if you can take anyone else with you.  If you don’t drive and you do want to attend, please gather at the bus stop in Bishopstone at 5pm on the 11th Sept and someone will take you down to the meeting.  And bring you back, of course. If you do require a lift please advise Lesley Drewitt (Clerk to the Parish Council) who is organising the transportation logistics via email or by phone (evenings only) on 01488 71828.

Details of the proposal to cancel the 47 bus service are to be found on SBC’s web site as per below.

(CM: KW) 9. Implementation of the Local Bus Strategy. pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Additional documents:

Please do help us retain this service – Once it is gone, it will be gone.  Forever.

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