As you may know, there have been a few changes to the local bus services recently. The following is a summary of current services that we are aware of:

Service 76 runs westbound on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from the villages to Fairford and then to Cirencester. The bus departs Southrop at 0942, Eastleach at 0950, Hatherop at 0956 and Quenington at 1002. (It presumably stops at Coln at about 0958 – can anyone confirm this?) The return service leaves Cirencester Job Centre at 1350 and Fairford at 1433.

Service 77 runs eastbound during school term-time, stopping in Quenington at 0817 and travelling via Fairford to Lechlade & Highworth. At 1518 (Weds & Fri) or 1548 (Mon, Tues & Thurs) the bus stops in Quenington before continuing to Cirencester.

Service 855 runs on schooldays from Cirencester to Farmors School via Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns. For full details of the timetable, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/travel; or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

The Community Connexions Community Bus is a door-to-door service that needs to be booked in advance by calling 03456 805029. On Thursdays there is a bus to Cirencester, which is free with a bus pass or £8 each way. There are also excursions on Wednesdays and Fridays to a variety of locations such as Witney, Carterton, Swindon, Dobbies and Cheltenham. These also need to be booked in advance and need at least eight passengers to run, with prices ranging from £6.25 to £13.50.

For more information visit www.communityconnexions.org.uk. We have been informed that sadly the Tesco Free Bus is no longer running.

Piece taken from the CHEQS magazine.

Author: eastleach