Campaign to keep ‘lifeline’ Ifield bus stop

members of the public are unhappy that a bus route may be scrapped - pictured here in Queens Square, Crawley on Saturday. SR1511003. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-120722001
members of the public are unhappy that a bus route may be scrapped - pictured here in Queens Square, Crawley on Saturday. SR1511003. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-120722001

A campaign has been launched to save an Ifield bus stop that has been described as a ‘lifeline’ for some older residents.

The bus stop in Ifield Avenue is regularly used by visitors to the nearby Apple Tree Centre. Frustrated residents gathered in Queens Square on Saturday (May 23) after plans to close the bus stop were announced by Metrobus.

Ashwin Soni warned that the loss of the bus stop will have a major impact.

He said: “It was a bombshell dropped on us. It came as a surprise that no warning was given and no consultation was done.

“There are old age pensioners who use it day in day out, who won’t be able to use the bus service any more. The community centre is a lifeline for them.”

Nick Hill, head of commercial development for Metrobus, said the company consulted ‘at length’ before making the change. He said: “The route was diverted to serve the Orchard development and the new temple in 2010 in the hope that the new stop would be well used.

“It was made clear at the time that this would be a trial and the long term future of the diversion depended on the use made of it.

“Unfortunately the number of people using the Orchard bus stop has been well below expectations, with only one person using each journey on average.

“Route 2 will continue to be accessible from the Climping Road stops, which is a short walk from the existing Orchard stop.”