Bid for better bus service for village

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ISOLATED villagers are calling for a better bus service to get them to Boston.

People living in the Moulton Seas End and Fosdyke Bridge area are now struggling to get to the town and voiced their concerns at last week’s Moulton Parish Council meeting.

On-demand buses CallConnect came under fire because the Spalding service will pick up in Moulton Seas End but will not take passengers direct to Boston – although they will drop them off in Spalding or Holbeach.

One resident complained that the Boston CallConnect service won’t pick up in Fosdyke Bridge, Moulton Marsh or Moulton Seas End.

Moulton Marsh resident Paula Griffiths said: “It’s called CallConnect but at the moment it doesn’t do the connecting.”

Mrs Griffiths said she had a 92-year-old friend at Fosdyke Bridge who wanted to use CallConnect but at first the elderly woman was told to walk to her nearest pick-up point.

CallConnect staff then changed its mind and said it would extend the service just for her.

The Moulton Seas End area used to be served by Carnells Coaches – but the company folded earlier this year.

Residents are keen to have buses restored so they can visit Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and shop on market days, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

District councillor Anthony Casson was also in the public gallery.

Coun Casson told members: “At the last meeting of yours it was said what are we district councillors doing about getting buses back through Moulton Seas End.

“I will throw the question back to you and say what are you doing about it?”

Parish councillor Martin Clayton suggested district councillors could use their personal budgets to fund a bus but Coun Casson said that would not be appropriate.

Currently, Lincolnshire County Council subsidises bus services across the county but the transport budget was slashed from £5million to £4million this year, which meant many bus companies lost subsidy and some services were axed.

Coun Casson said the parish council should invite bus company representatives to their next meeting to take the issue further.

Members later agreed to hold their next meeting at Moulton Seas End Village Hall on November 1 so they can debate bus services again.