Following a meeting between Warwickshire County Council and a Parish Council led resident’s working group in early February, there will be no further changes to the bus timetable or route in Bishop’s Tachbrook for the foreseeable future.
The outcomes of the meeting were as follows:
- Plans to route bus service 77 as a loop serving Church Lees, Argyle Way, St Chads Road and Mallory Road, due to be implemented before Christmas 2016, have now been abandoned.
- There are no plans to revise the route of service 77 through Bishops Tachbrook in the immediate future.
- Factors which could bring about further change include completion of usable road access to the turning circle on Oakley Meadows and possible service enhancement in connection with substantial residential development near Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath.
- There is an aspiration to serve Oakley Meadows directly. There is a concern that the walking distance from parts of the development, which contains a significant level of social housing, will not encourage the use of the bus service.
- The favoured route of the service would be as at present with the service diverting via Oakley Wood Road and Underhill Way to the turning circle and back.
- There was a divergence of opinion as to whether Church Hill (north) or Church Hill (south) should be used. The use of Church Hill (north) would involve the revocation if the ‘no right turn’ into Oakley Wood Road. A speed table, together with some realignment of kerbs, is to be introduced which should render it safe for right turning traffic. The use of Church Hill (south), which is not currently a bus route between Kingsley Road and Oakley Wood Road could attract local opposition. An additional give way marking (and possibly a refuge) would be required to ensure travelling eastward along Mallory Road turning south into Church Hill yielded to traffic turning from Church Hill (north) into Church Hill (south).
- To achieve this aspiration would require an extra four minutes running time in each direction on service 77. This would have a negative impact on people making longer journeys between Leamington and points south of Bishops Tachbrook.
- It was suggested that innovative means to encourage bus use from the new homes were considered, such as free or reduced price travel for a period of time for new residents, possibly sponsored by retailers such as Sainsbury’s on Leamington Shopping Park.’