'Ridiculous' bus cuts in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:53 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 12 February 2016

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Uno Buses are ceasing some services in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield and making drastic changes to their timetables following funding reductions.

The bus company is undertaking a set of service revisions in April because of further funding reductions from Hertfordshire County Council.

The 603, a Hatfield circular route which covers The Galleria, The Forum, Hatfield town centre and the business park is being withdrawn, along with the Hatfield circular 650 routes.

The 600 which serves Hatfield Station and the Business Park will be reduced to a peak hour one bus operation.

Route 607 which covers the majority of Hatfield including the station will be reduced from two buses to one.

Route 615 will be reduced from four buses to two and route 655 will no longer serve the Business Park.

The evening service for the 601 route which goes through St Albans, Hatfield and Welwyn garden City is being withdrawn.

Saturday services for the 653 are being reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Louise Haden 42, of Hatfield’s Garden Village branded the cuts “ridiculous”.

She said: “Services during the week shouldn’t be affected, especially because of the kids that get that bus to get to Onslow and Bishops they could now end up being late to school or have to get there an hour early.”

James Thorpe, Managing Director at UNO, said: “There will be changes to the services due to a reduction in council funding.

“Amendments to staff timetables to accommodate these changes will be arranged in the next two months.”

A county council spokesman said: “Like all other local authorities, the funding we have to provide a wide range of public services is being increasingly squeezed.”

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