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Hospital stop in pipeline

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 01, 2013

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A BUS service is in talks with council chiefs on the possibility of introducing a stop at Burton hospital, after a resident spoke out about the lack of a direct service.

Baker Bus, the company which operates a Uttoxeter to Burton service, is ‘seriously considering’ the possibility of introducing a stop for Burton Queen’s Hospital, after Malcolm Hinman, 81, spoke out about the lack of service to the hospital.

Andrew Fish, of Baker Bus told the Advertiser: “This is something we are looking into at the moment.

“We will need to carry out some research before we make our final decision.

“We have been contacted by the county council regarding the possibility of introducing a new stop into the route.

“At Baker Bus we don’t dismiss any suggestions relating to public service and we are seriously considering introducing the stop.”

Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county said: “The existing service is operated by Bakers and is subsidised by the county council.

“It is not currently serving the hospital, with the closest stop being Horninglow Road which is a considerable distance away.

“We have contacted the operator to ask if the hospital stop can be served again.”

Malcolm Hinman, 81, who relies on the public transport service to get from his home in Windsor Road to Queen’s Hospital in Burton said: “I had to go into hospital with a heart condition earlier this year and had to use the bus service to get there.

“My wife was recently attending a clinic at Burton, and we discovered that the bus service had been cut without a word from the authorities.

“There are many elderly people up this way who rely on the bus service to get places, and it’s especially important that we get it back for those who have no-one who can take them out.”

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