BUS journeys in Gloucestershire are being scaled back due to council cost-cutting measures.
But Stagecoach has said the changes, which are as a result of cutbacks in Herefordshire County Council funding, will impact upon less than one per cent of the journeys they currently offer.
It is withdrawing eight journeys a day Monday to Saturday between Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford.
Rupert Cox managing director of Stagecoach West said this will affect about 150 journeys a week – it currently operates almost 1,000 a week across the Forest of Dean and Hereford.
“I understand that if you rely on these journeys that are being withdrawn you are not going to be happy and will be frustrated,” he said.
“Overall more than 99% of passenger journeys can still be made.”
The bus operator has announced a number of changes, including improvements to services within Gloucester, which will come into effect from Sunday, August 31.
Stagecoach said a number of off-peak journeys are being removed from service 33 but said anybody holding a concessionary pass from Herefordshire County Council will be permitted to travel for free on the Monday to Friday 8.36am Ross to Gloucester service.
There have also been a number of timetable changes to service 34, but the company says the overall frequency has improved.
Gloucester’s services 2/2A 6, 7, 8, 91 and school bus 804 have also been revised, following customer feedback.
A spokesman for Stagecoach said: “Following customer feedback and consultation, services 2/2A will be revised in order to reduce journey times.”
All buses will operate from the Glevum Centre directly to Wheatway then via Drivemoor, Meerstone Way, Wheatway, Painswick Road, Rance Pitch and Churchfield Road. Service 2 will then operate back to the Glevum Centre via Staites Orchard, Woodland Gardens, The Ash Path and The Wheatridge. Service 2A will operate back to the Glevum Centre via Upton Lane and Abbeymead Avenue.
The route of Service 13 will be amended to incorporate Abbeymead Avenue. Buses will now operate from the bus station via Metz Way, Eastern Avenue, Painswick Road, Wheatway and Abbeymead Avenue with the service terminating at the junction with Coney Hill Road.
Buses on this service heading towards Gloucester city centre will serve the same roads as the outbound journey. Service 13 will no longer serve Heron Way. On Mondays to Fridays, an additional journey will be introduced departing Gloucester bus station.