Wheels are in motion for a new bus to serve Spalding Market Place – but it will only go-ahead if the public hops on board with the plan.
District councillor Angela Newton says bus company Brylaine “feel it would be a good idea”.
Now she wants to hear from Spalding residents before any steps are taken towards allowing buses to use the town centre, which is chiefly pedestrian-only during the daytime.
Coun Newton would like to see a bus stop in a lay-by near Boots The Chemist so elderly and infirm passengers do not have to walk all the way into the town centre from the bus station on Holland Market.
She believes a Market Place bus stop would provide a boost to the “not very vibrant shops” and help passengers who currently ask drivers to drop them off near Turner’s Fish Restaurant rather than be forced to trek from Holland Market.
Coun Newton said it would be a small bus and there’s a very successful similar scheme in Boston, where buses shuttle through a pedestrian zone between Wide Bargate and Market Place. The councillor has also asked Brylaine to boost services elsewhere in town.
* Have you say on plans for a new town centre bus, which would travel through Market Place if the idea wins support.
Please complete the coupon in the Spalding Guardian today (Thursday), giving your name and address – and we will pass the information to Coun Angela Newton so she can decide what to do next on the basis of your opinions. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feelings on the matter.