You don't have to be an Olympian to beat buses in West Oxfordshire


Liz Leffman was joined by former Olympic athlete and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ming Campbell to highlight the damaging effects of cuts to local bus services by the Consevative Council.

Liz and Ming raced a runner (Laura) and a cyclist (Darryl) to see who could get from the Lamb and Flag in Hailey to the Liberal Democrat Campaign HQ in Witney.

Leaving at 11:00 from Hailey the cyclist came in first taking 10 minutes, the runner second (just over 15 minutes) and Ming and Liz, who took the local bus, arrived last in a time of 19.02 minutes.

The X9 only goes through Hailey once every 90 minutes and many villages have been cut off completely.

Liz Leffman said: "Our villages have been abandoned by the Conservatives. With local bus cuts up and down West Oxfordshire, those without cars are increasingly left stranded.

"Without regular bus services people are becoming trapped, unable to move around the area. It means pensioners can't get into town for shopping and students can't get to school. "

"It is a joke that using your own two feet will get you from A to B quicker than taking the bus."

Ming Campbell added: "People without cars often see public transport as a vital lifeline between rural communities, it is a disgrace that the local council are choosing to axe them."


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