Update: 'Disgust' as Hatfield-Welwyn Garden City bus route axed

PUBLISHED: 12:41 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

Sharon Byrne

Sharon Byrne

A BUS company has been attacked over its decision to withdraw a service deemed financially unviable. Sharon Byrne catches the 406 from Travellers Lane, Hatfield, to Oldings Corner at 6.49am every morning. But from December 31, Arriva, which operates the r

A BUS company has been attacked over its decision to withdraw a service deemed financially unviable.

Sharon Byrne catches the 406 from Travellers Lane, Hatfield, to Oldings Corner at 6.49am every morning.

But from December 31, Arriva, which operates the route, said the service will no longer run.

Ms Byrne, who works in the canteen at Tesco's Hatfield store, branded Arriva's decision as "disgusting".

"They are not thinking about us [passengers]," she said.

"If I get a taxi it costs £10 each way. I can't afford £20 a day.

"I don't know what I am going to do," she said.

The 49-year-old said she felt the axing of the service, which runs between South Hatfield and WGC bus station, would affect a lot of people.

"It isn't just me that is angry there are lots of people who are angry," she said.

"There are old age pensioners and young ladies with young children and buggies. How are they going to get to the town?"

Ms Byrne, of Millwards, Hatfield, added she hoped Arriva might reconsider its resolution to terminate the route.

But a spokesman for the company said: "We have operated service 406 now for a number of years.

"Unfortunately not enough people use the service to make it financially viable.

"We have received some support from the council in terms of a subsidy until the end of the year.

"Unfortunately when the subsidy ends we will no longer be able to operate the service."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "The 406 service isn't financially viable as not enough people use it.

"Instead, Centrebus is doubling its 366 service (which goes between South Hatfield and WGC), including a Saturday service that we're funding.

"We're also introducing two new routes - the 205 (South Hatfield) and 206 (Panshanger/WGC town centre) - funded by ourselves and the borough council.


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