Bus services face axe in evenings

John Mann MP.
John Mann MP.

Vital village bus services are under threat and residents are being urged to fight to save them.

The evening services for Harworth and Bircotes, Styrrup, Oldcotes, Langold, Costhorpe, Blyth and Carlton in Lindrick are facing the axe due to a reduction in funding from central government.

Nottinghamshire County Council is being forced to find £154 million in savings, meaning a reduction to bus subsidies.

First to suffer will be the 21/25 evening services from Worksop to Doncaster which could be withdrawn by Stagecoach.

MP John Mann said: “It could be devastating for rural communities such as Harworth and Bircotes to lose evening bus routes between Worksop and Doncaster, meaning they would in effect be left without any public transport services after 6.30pm.

“This could have a disproportionate impact on people who rely on these buses and who work late in Doncaster or Worksop, and could mean they have no alternative means of getting to and from work.

“This is by no means a done deal – it is just a proposal, and I know the council is keen to hear the views of the local community. The plans are currently open to consultation and so if residents want to keep their local bus services then this is their opportunity to save them.”

Residents have until January 17 to put their views to the council. Call 0300 5008080, or call John Mann MP on 01909 506200.