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Coach call goes national

A campaign to limit the number of tour buses travelling through Stratford-upon-Avon looks set to go national.

The local council is backing the Stratford Standard by contacting other local authorities in tourist areas to see if they will make a joint call for legislation on the matter.

They want to see changes made to the Transport Act 2000 so that any regulations involving tour buses can be dealt with separately.

The Standard’s No More Buses Campaign, which has collected almost 1,000 signatures has given a platform to residents expressing anger at the number of tour buses – many half empty – that have been travelling through the streets since the arrival of tour firm City Sightseeing in May.

The campaign scored its first victories within a week when the firm’s bosses agreed to cut two buses from the hourly timetable in response to the public outcry.

People also feel the sheer number of tour buses on their roads is too high and causing problems for local traffic as well as raising safety issues.

Councillor Juliet Short said: “National support for our campaign is essential and I know other towns affected will totally support what we are trying to achieve here in Stratford.

“I have spoken to at least 15 already and they are eager to get involved. They are watching Stratford with great interest.”

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