Campaigners positive after National Express meeting over axed coach route
20:18 10 April 2013
Campaigners were positive their fears over a decision to scrap a National Express stop in their town were being taken seriously by the transport firm’s chiefs following a meeting on Wednesday.
Attleborough residents and National Express customers presented Matt Goggins, the company’s head of public affairs, with a 1,178 signature petition calling for the return of the Attleborough stop on the 727 route, which was axed on March 18 due to falling passenger numbers.
Elizabeth Dunn, who lives in Poplar Way, said Mr Goggins pledged to consult with the company’s board about the situation with the service before calling the campaigners again to discuss the result of the consultation.
Sarah Allin, a co-partner at Attleborough Travel, which sold tickets for the National Express service, showed Mr Goggins figures that 16 people a day used the coach from the Attleborough stop, compared to 12 who got on at Mildenhall, which was keeping its service.
She added many people used the 727 route to get to Stansted airport, not just to get a flight, but to connect with services to other parts of the country.
Mrs Dunn used the service to visit her daughter Karen Hanson, who lives in Surrey and often caught the National Express from Exchange Street when she went away on holiday with her husband Colin because the coach travelled between Norwich and the airports Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick.
She said: “It was a productive meeting and it is quite rare that National Express do this kind of meeting because quite often most places just ignore the fact that their service has been cut.”
The campaigners have also received support from Attleborough Town Council and mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, who has written to National Express managing director Tom Stables and forwarded emails from the objectors. A stop in neighbouring Wymondham has also been axed.
To support the campaign, phone Mrs Dunn on 01953 456694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attleborough Travel can be contacted on 01953 455003