Shaw Liberal Democrat Councillors have written to the residents of Dunwood Park Courts and along Milnrow Road asking them to sign a petition in support of restoring a bus service along the whole of Milnrow Road.
Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, who also serves as Oldham’s representative on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, is co-ordinating the effort to get as many residents as possible to support the campaign.
Councillor Sykes said: “From January, the 181/2 bus services coming from Manchester terminated at Wrens Nest and the 408 now turns onto and off Buckstones Road so no bus travels along the whole of Milnrow Road to Wrens Nest.
“Shaw Councillors have received many complaints from residents who rely on public transport who are now finding it more difficult to connect with other bus services. If they are unable to walk to Wrens Nest, they have to use taxis to get a bus, which means more expense and inconvenience for people who are in many cases retired and living on a pension or have a low income.”
Residents of Milnrow Road, Dunwood Park Courts, Railway View, Bridge Street, and Goats currently have no bus connection with Wrens Nest, and Councillor Sykes thinks a petition will help him get their voices heard.
Councillor Sykes added: “From before the changes were made, I was lobbying Transport for Greater Manchester to step in and plug this gap. I have raised this issue in committee meetings and in private conversation with officers to try and rectify the matter. However, nothing has changed for the better.
“I am asking constituents to help put this right by signing this petition. The more signatures we raise the better. Bus services are just that services, and at present Dunwood Park Court and Milnrow Road residents are not being served.”
Paper copies of the petition can be obtained from email@example.com or an online version can be used at: https://libdemcouncillors.typeform.com/to/gCSnYPCX