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Passengers are being urged to speak up and say what they want from buses in Spalding - as the contract for the Into Town service comes to an end.

Brylaine Travel has arranged to continue an Into Town bus until September 4 - with support from the county council to keep it running through the summer holidays.

The future beyond then, barring an arrangement for October half term - is unclear, with talks under way to decide what happens next.

Brylaine Buses
Brylaine Buses

Brylaine managing director Marrianne Garbutt said the public needs to be aware and make its voice heard to stand the best chance of getting a good bus service for Spalding.

She said: “What they need to do is be aware that the conversations will be happening around the town service and need to make their views heard about what they want and what they need.

“They should lobby their councillors about what kind of service they need.

“The sooner they do that and raise their voices the better.

The Into Town bus route is supposed to be ‘commercial’ - and not subsidised by the county council. However, Brylaine says it doesn’t pay and has not been a sustainable service for years.

Marrianne added: “We have run that service for a long time - with the trains and traffic.

“It’s untenable for us. At the end of the day we can’t keep throwing money at it.”

She praised Coun Angela Newton and said she was sure that her and the district council would work with the transport team at the county council to sort something out, adding: “I am hoping they are going to get together.

“I am pretty sure something will happen, whether it’s with us or somebody else.”

Brylaine had to cancel the IT1 bus on Tuesday after road closures in Park Road and Woolram Wygate.

Marrianne said she understood why the work had to be done - but said the firm has reached the ‘peak of frustration’ over having to react to roadworks.

Her issue is that it is often tricky to relay this information to elderly residents, schoolchildren or disabled people waiting at bus stops - with a lack of screens such as those in cities that offer real time running information.

She said: “My frustration is that we are rural and we don’t have urban communication systems to let people know at bus stops that there’s going to be a problem.”

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