West Lindsey in push for rural transport cash

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Trains EMN-150204-080005001

District councillors last week voted to form a working group to see how rural and community transport services can be improved in West Lindsey.

The Prosperous Communities Committee extended the remit of a former proposal by council leader Jeff Summers, who previously proposed a similar group for rail only.

Committee chairman Owen Brierley said the new group would help West Lindsey make a case to “bring money into West Lindsey” for better public transport.

Kelsey councillor Lewis Strange wanted better rail services, adding the service from Market Rasen to Lincoln would be just one carriage, often leaving people at the station. Public transport also needed to better integrate with other forms.

Coun Giles O’Neill (Nettleham) agreed there was little interconnectivity, leaving users like himself often waiting ages for a connecting bus or train.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Sturgess added the group would also look at ‘community solutions’ to help villagers get to train stations.