New bus services for the Isle

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A new bus service has been introduced to serve the Isle following calls for better transport links from passengers.

The new route and timetable for the No 58 Isle Shopper will help to link Epworth Market Place with the Lockwood Bank area of the town and Belton, Sandtoft and Wroot.

The service will be launched on Wednesday and will operate on a Wednesday and Friday.

Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, also revealed this week that a second new bus service is set to be introduced for the Isle at the end of the summer.

She told the Bells the changes have been made to reflect calls from residents.

Coun Redfern said: “We are committed to keeping bus routes that provide essential links for users.

“Many users of these services are elderly who rely on the bus for going to the shops, for visiting friends and also the doctors or the post office.

“This bus can be a real lifeline for those people without other means of transport.

“We have listened to residents and taken action. I am pleased that we have been able to introduce this new route to encourage more people to use this vital rural service.”

She added: “The council has received phone calls and letters asking for the changes. I can also say there will be a second new route coming in towards the end of summer but I don’t have any further details on that at present.

“I would urge residents to make good use out of this new service.”

The news was welcomed in the Isle this week.

Axholme Central councillor David Robinson said: “I am sure this new route for the Isle Shopper will be very much welcomed by residents and it will provide another important link with the town centre of Epworth.”

Councillor Margaret Lindley, former mayor of Epworth Town Council, added: “It is extremely important that we have a good bus service in Epworth which connects us to the rest of the Isle.

“It is particularly important for elderly people who may find it difficult to get out and about.”