Trains “madness”: buses may be cancelled

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Bus company Brylaine Travel will battle to keep its Spalding Town service running tomorrow (Saturday) – but says it may have to be abandoned by lunchtime because of the likely roads gridlock caused by Network Rail.

The rail company is shoving 113 trains through Spalding while work is carried out on the East Coast mainline and barriers at the town’s four level crossings will close up to seven times an hour.

A spokesman for Brylaine said three of its routes are likely to be hit, Spalding Town and two Boston services, the B113 and K59.

The company will focus all of its efforts on making on-time departures for the two Boston services, but – depending on the level of gridlock – the town service may have to be abandoned at lunchtime because it uses all of Spalding’s level crossings.

A Brylaine spokesman said: “It’s going to be mayhem, it’s going to be madness.

“We are going to attempt to run the town service in the morning, starting off at its normal time and try and run it through to lunchtime, but we may have to cancel it before then depending on how bad it gets.

“We are going to attempt to run the service for the sake of our passengers.”

The company is testing the water tomorrow but realises there will be a massive influx of trains on Saturdays through to March 28.

If the service proves impossible to run tomorrow, that will have an impact on how services are run over the next few weekends.

Bus passengers can get the latest news on services from www.brylaine.co.uk and by following Twitter for updates on https://twitter.com/BrylaineTravel