New bus service plan for hospital

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BRYLAINE Travel is trying to launch a new bus service to Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital.

Company operations director Malcolm Wheatley says the service is a long way off as his company needs “some sort of subsidy”.

Brylaine has two buses serving Spalding and needs to buy a third to boost the town’s existing services as well as call at the hospital.

He said: “We are talking to Lincolnshire County Council transportation department. We had a meeting with them last Tuesday.

“They have gone off now to see what help is available.”

Mr Wheatley says Kimes Buses go to the hospital every other hour, but Brylaine only pass the hospital – stopping when safe on a hail and ride basis – because they must link with services to other towns.

Plans for a third bus were in place in 2008 but came to “a dead stop” because the worldwide economic downturn brought new housing developments on Wygate Park to a standstill.

Developments at Wygate Park would not only have provided passengers for a new service but funding from Section 106 money.

Mr Wheatley said before the hospital was built, Brylaine asked if the road to the building could be extended through to the business park behind so buses could work on a loop through to Morrisons at Pinchbeck.

But that was deemed at the time to be too expensive.

Former Fleet parish councillor Joan Woolard is campaigning for better bus services to the hospital and is delighted Brylaine is trying to do something.