Bourne bus firm’s plans to expand now approved

A heritage fleet Delaine bus outside Bourne Town Hall.  Photo by Jonathan Smith.  Photo: MSMP290313-010js ENGEMN00120130329114225
A heritage fleet Delaine bus outside Bourne Town Hall. Photo by Jonathan Smith. Photo: MSMP290313-010js ENGEMN00120130329114225
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Family-run Delaine Buses of Bourne has got the go-ahead from district planners to expand its depot in the town.

The firm, which dates back to 1890, won consent from South Kesteven District Council to use land to the south of its depot in Eastgate for its fleet of buses, land which was once a livestock yard.

A statement from Delaine Buses, in support of the planning application, said: “The expansion of Bourne in recent years has created an increased demand for public transport services.

“The company operates a fleet of 24 vehicles (expected to rise to 26 this year) and the site is presently approaching capacity for ease of operation.

“The measured expansion of the depot of the sole bus operator in the town is considered worthy of support in this instance, given the absence of harm arising.”