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Gosberton, Donington and Quadring affected by bus service cancellation due to roadworks

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A series of bus cancellations represent symptoms of wider problems with rural services, say frustrated councillors.

Gosberton, Donington and Quadring are all set to be affected by Brylaine Travel diversions. The latter two will be omitted from the B9 Boston-Spalding route from today (Tuesday) until Thursday because of roadworks, while Gosberton will not be served by the B3 Boston-Spalding bus from August 8-14 because of a Kirton road closure.

This has left Donington parish councillor Jane King disheartened - particularly during the summer, when residents are being encouraged to travel and make use of facilities in Spalding.

Brylaine Bus Services will not be serving Gosberton, Quadring and Donington
Brylaine Bus Services will not be serving Gosberton, Quadring and Donington

She said: “I totally understand that roadworks have to be done. I suppose it’s the lesser of two evils that it’s not being done in school time.

“Equally, people still want to go to work, people still want to go shopping. We’re not making it very easy for people.

“I think the more we cut services, the more we’re isolating people. We are now getting to the point where people don’t want to go out.

“Fortunately in Donington we are lucky - we have two areas where you can go and get coffee. I’m not so sure about other places - I don’t think Quadring has one.”

Quadring Parish Council chairman Henry Bingham also accepted that roadworks are necessary, but is frustrated at the bus services to the village in general.

“It’s frustrating that they can’t find a way to still service the village,” he said.

“It’s an easy cop out just to cancel. The bus service around here is run by people from Lincoln who really do not realise what they’re dealing with when it comes to

rural locations.”

He added that re-instating a weekend service would benefit the village.

John Clark, chairman of Gosberton Parish Council, added: “We got to know at the parish council probably a week or so ago. Really, we ought to know at least three months in advance.

“I know one gentleman in the village who has started going shopping in Stamford, because it’s a lot easier than trying to get to Spalding.”

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