‘Save our bus service’ call from walkers

Protestors are marching on to save a vital village bus service.

Health walkers who use the threatened Kimes 59 service for their weekly treks around Donington are calling for pressure on the bus company to be stepped up.

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Syd Manley (74), of Highfield Road, is one of the leaders of the group, which often attracts up to 30 walkers.

He said: “We probably have 12 people who travel in from Spalding on the bus or pick it up along the way.

”They are trying to keep healthy and be ‘green’ by using the buses as well as enjoy a social activity. So many will be left isolated.”

Kimes 59 service links villages including Donington, Quadring and Gosberton with towns such as Spalding and Boston.

Villagers claim drivers have been telling them the service will cease on Saturday, August 10, and they face redundancy.

However, in spite of rumours other companies make take on the service, no further information is being disclosed.

Dave Shelley, commercial manager for Centrebus Ltd, which runs the Kimes 59 service, said the company had started a full consultation with staff.

He said: “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Walkers Brian and Arlene Makin, of Gosberton Risegate, fear Donington will be left with just one bus a week like them, instead of the hourly service.

Brian said: “There’s Call Connect, but you have to book a week in advance and sometimes it doesn’t turn up.”

Margaret Kenworthy, manager of the Ruby Hunt Centre where the walks start, said a voluntary car scheme also runs from there. She said: “We already don’t have enough drivers – we couldn’t cope.”