Hector the Harpenden Hopper Bus to go on extended leave…
The Harpenden Hopper is a community bus service run by local volunteers for local people of all ages. Passengers tell us that they like the community feel of the bus – an opportunity to get out into town, meet fellow passengers, go to the shops, have a coffee and avoid the hassle of parking in town.
Successful Pilot Scheme
We are delighted with the feedback from the pilot scheme. We are proud of our fleet of trained volunteer bus drivers, the efficient team of operators, a well-organised rota system, an enthusiastic team of supporters and a regular group of Hopper passengers.
Although the Hopper team and the bus system are firing on all cylinders, Hector the Hopper Bus isn’t!
If you are a regular passenger you will know that Hector has been misbehaving several times both last year and this year. And he gives us no notice that he is going to go on strike. On one such occasion an inspired volunteer driver drove the route in his own car to collect waiting passengers rather than let them down. That is the level of service we would like to provide for you but Hector is letting the side down.
Bad News, Good News
Each time Hector goes for a checkup, the long-term prognosis is not encouraging. So, the bad news is that a decision has been made to put Hector out to grass, and to suspend the current Hopper service from the end of play on Thursday 9 August for the remainder of the year. The good news is that this will give us time:
- To source a shiny new bus (and ideally a backup vehicle)
- To amend the current route to town from Kinsbourne Green through Roundwood
- To perfect plans to extend the route to include Eastmoor Park and Southdown
- To factor passengers’ suggestions into a new and improved scheme
We’ll be back in the Spring!
Keep an eye on the news on our website www.harpendenhopper.co.uk