MP JOHN Hayes met the boss of bus company Norfolk Green in a bid to win a change of heart over the company’s decision to pull the plug on most services visiting the centre of his home village, Moulton.
Norfolk Green managing director Ben Colson has agreed to look at options suggested by the South Holland and The Deepings MP – but says he will not discuss them publicly until he has again spoken to Mr Hayes.
With the exception of three daily services, Norfolk Green cut out the ‘dog leg’ into Moulton after Lincolnshire County Council axed its subsidy for the company’s Sunday services.
By agreement with the county council, the company kept the Sunday services going because losing them would have hit 800 passengers – compared to around 60 for dropping the daily visits to Moulton village centre.
Buses still go along the main road at Moulton – picking up and dropping off passengers – but the only services for the village centre are an 8am pick-up for students going to George Farmer Technology College at Holbeach, the 9.58am going to Spalding and the 12.40pm from Spalding.
Villagers raised a petition to object to the bus services being withdrawn, saying it was too far for elderly passengers to walk to and from the main road.
Speaking after his meeting at Mr Hayes’ home, Mr Colson said: “We understood where each other was coming from. I have given John a commitment that I will look at certain options.”
Mr Hayes said he was delighted Mr Colson agreed to meet him.
He said: “Local people – particularly those who find difficulty walking, indeed, older residents and the disabled – need a regular bus service.
“The local councillors and I will press to ensure they get one.”