Gearing up for a bus service fight

Striving to save bus services: MP John Hayes and Stephanie Liquorish with their petition, supported by district councillors Rodney Grocock, Andrew Woolf and Anthony Casson. Photo SG120311-151NG
Striving to save bus services: MP John Hayes and Stephanie Liquorish with their petition, supported by district councillors Rodney Grocock, Andrew Woolf and Anthony Casson. Photo SG120311-151NG
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CONCERNED residents in Moulton face a nervous wait to find out how many buses will pass through the village – and are gearing up to fight to save their services.

Norfolk Green is due to cut the amount of its 505 Spalding-King’s Lynn buses that stop off at Moulton after a big drop in the subsidy it receives from Lincolnshire County Council.

The village has enjoyed ten buses in each direction but Norfolk Green has proposed that is reduced to two – for college students in the morning and a mid-morning bus for shoppers – with all other services stopping at Moulton on the A151.

Campaigners accept that budget cuts and spiralling fuel costs mean their buses will have to be cut – but are calling on Norfolk Green bosses to compromise and halve the service.

Villager Stephanie Liquorish ran a petition to drum up opposition to the cuts and won the support of district and parish councillors as well as MP John Hayes, who lives in the village.

She arranged a meeting at the village hall last Thursday that attracted up to 80 people.

At the two-hour meeting, chaired by Coun Anthony Casson, points raised included:

nMany people only moved to Moulton because of the bus route.

nVillagers said it took 30 minutes to walk from Moon’s Green to the main road and that many residents were elderly. They feel it is too far and will leave people having to cross a dangerous, busy road.

nAll age groups feared they would find it difficult to go shopping or get to the doctor’s.

Coun Casson praised Mrs Liquorish for starting the campaign and, together with Coun Rodney Grocock, drew up a letter with signatures from all of those who attended to show the level of concern in the village.

Coun Casson said: “I think it was a very good meeting and I was pleased to see so many people there – now all we can do is wait and see.”

The letter will go to Mr Hayes and said if Norfolk Green’s decision, due in late July, goes against them they will hold a public meeting in the village to discuss what can be done.

Mrs Liquorish said: “I want to thank people for their support – it was phenomenal really.

“I will continue to fight and see it through. I do hope Norfolk Green thinks again – it is people’s lives they are messing with.”