South Holland bus routes threatened by county council cutbacks

Norfolk Green's 505 and Brylaine's Spalding-Boston service could be hit by council cutbacks. SG270116-121TW
Norfolk Green's 505 and Brylaine's Spalding-Boston service could be hit by council cutbacks. SG270116-121TW
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Key bus routes in and around Spalding, including school services, are under threat from cuts in county council subsidy.

Among those getting cash support are Spalding Into Town, Spalding-King’s Lynn, Spalding-Boston, Spalding-Peterborough and Spalding-Quadring-Donington.

The council will continue to provide school transport where we have a statutory duty to do so, but other school services will be included in our review.

Executive county councillor Richard Davies

The Spalding and King’s Lynn 505 is a lifeline for people in places like Long Sutton and one of the town’s district councillors, Jack Tyrrell, said cuts will hit countryside communities far harder than those in bigger towns.

He said: “It’s just isolating us. I am not happy about having any subsidies for buses being cut.”

Richard Davies, county executive councillor for highways said: “Subsidising bus routes that commercial operators can’t viably run is not something we are required to do, however in the past where they have met the criteria we have. Around 25 per cent of bus routes in Lincolnshire are subsidised, to help support rural communities, but we now have to review all of these routes as we simply can’t afford to do this at the same level.

“The council will continue to provide school transport where we have a statutory duty to do so, but other school services will be included in our review.”

He says Call Connect is safe and “we hope that where bus operators withdraw routes, this will act as a safety net for people who rely on public transport”.

• Others receiving funding include: Market Deeping-Spalding, Pointon-Billingborough-Sleaford, Moulton-Boston College, Throckenholt-Long Sutton Peele School, Sutton St Edmunds-Spalding, Tydd St Giles-Spalding, Sutton St James-Spalding, Pinchbeck-Stamford, The Deepings-Stamford, Ryhall-Essendine-Bourne, Stamford-Market Deeping, Long Sutton-Wisbech, Sleaford-Billingborough, Billingborough-Rippingale, Folkingham-Boston, Folkingham-Sleaford.

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