A PETITION to save a “vital” bus route running between Walton and Frinton has attracted more than 1,700 signatures.

New Horizon Travel, which runs the number 13 bus, wants to scrap the route.

The company says not enough people were using the service to make it economically viable.

But residents in Walton started a petition to keep the bus running after claiming many elderly people would be left isolated.

John Halls, of the Community Project Office in Walton’s High Street, helped organise the petition. He said: “The bus is such a vital service for the people of Walton and it is especially important for many elderly people, who need to be able to get to Connaught Avenue to go to their solicitors, to the dentists and for many other reasons.

“Cutting this service will leave many of these people isolated as they will need to get a taxi, which many elderly people cannot afford.”

The service starts at the Naze and runs through Walton to the Triangle Shopping Centre, before heading through Frinton’s gates and down to the seafront.

New Horizon Travel managing director Ray Connor previously said it was “unfortunate” that service had to come to an end.

“It just wasn’t supported enough,” he said.