‘You can’t leave people stranded’

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A Donington resident and district councillor is calling for something to be done after a bus company cut a hospital stop from its route.

Coun Jane King is voicing concerns which have also been raised by several readers of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

Brylaine buses no longer stop at the Johnson Hospital in Spalding or at Morrisons on Wardentree Lane in Pinchbeck.

Coun King, from Donington, said: “Something needs to be done as this is affecting people’s lives.

“At the moment, cars are a luxury for a lot of people so they are relying on buses to get them to wherever they need to go. How can Brylaine call this a service?

“I understand that putting on the buses costs a lot, but people who need to go to Morrisons or the hospital are cut off and that, to me, isn’t a service and something needs to be done

“It doesn’t matter than ‘only a handful of people use it’, people still use that service.”

Brylaine confirmed that they no longer stop at the Johnson Hospital or Morrisons in Pinchbeck due to lack of usage.

A spokesman said: “There aren’t enough people using the service for it to be cost effective and we consulted with Lincolnshire County Council who backed up our data to suggest very few people were using it, which is also why we no longer stop at Morrisons.

“In an ideal world we would be able to run a third service to go to the hospital.

“If we raise our fares in order to bring the service back. we would get to a point where taxis would be cheaper which isn’t right.”

HOW TO GET TO HOSPITAL

n Call Connect operates Monday to Saturday providing journeys from 7am to 7pm. For more information call 0345 234 3344 or 01522 553143 (Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am).

n The South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme.

For more information call 01775 766563