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Bus companies which serve Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland, working to encourage more passengers following reduction in numbers




Area bus companies are working to encourage more passengers to use their services after Lincolnshire’s bus network saw a reduction in numbers.

A passenger transport update for Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee, has revealed that while bus services are returning to near pre-COVID levels, passenger numbers are “currently circa 20-30% of former levels”.

The report states this is a result of “the Government’s previous messages about travelling on public transport as a last resort and the ongoing requirement for social distancing.”

Stagecoach is under fire from bus passengers in South Holland unhappy with the reliability of the 505 Spalding-King's Lynn service. (2461512)
Stagecoach is under fire from bus passengers in South Holland unhappy with the reliability of the 505 Spalding-King's Lynn service. (2461512)

It reads: “The perfect storm of additional operating costs, significantly reduced capacity, reduced income and lower numbers of passengers means that the current and future survival of the commercial bus network in Lincolnshire is under serious threat. The threat for commercial bus operations will be most acute when Government financial support reduces and passenger numbers remain restricted.”

Stagecoach, which provides bus services across South Holland, has adapted to the transport difficulties by offering a ‘one stop shop’ to help employers, pupils and customers who are returning to their new normal.

Neil Micklethwaite, business development director for Stagecoach, said: “We have seen many changes in society during lockdown, with more home working, more targeted travel and potentially more flexible working ahead. The extra products we are offering will provide a range of options that enable employees, pupils and students to return to work and school safely.

“We’re well known for championing new ideas and our new range of transport solutions can support the public and private sector in getting back on its feet, and helping communities across the country recover.” For more information, visit www.stagecoachsolutions.com



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