Mayor wants more buses as service escapes axe

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BUS services in Market Rasen will not be cut following the latest council spending review.

But the town’s Mayor, Brian Richardson, is calling for services to be extended further.

West Lindsey leader Burt Keimach recently told town councillors that the district authority could look at extending bus services across the region and even set up services to locations like Louth’s Meridian Centre following the collapse of the Market Rasen Swimming Pool project.

Coun Richardson said: “I am delighted to hear that our already very limited bus service is not to face cutbacks, but what we should be hearing and fighting for is a promise that our bus service is to be improved.

“The service we currently have is very poor, particularly so for anyone who needs to work or travel outside Market Rasen but does not have their own transport.

“Our Grimsby/Lincoln service is hourly, but our last no.3 bus from Lincoln to Rasen, Monday to Saturday is 17.10, with a no.23 at 17.40 and the last bus from Grimsby is 18.40.

“On Sunday the last bus from Lincoln is 16.40 and from Grimsby 16.56.

“Between Louth and Market Rasen, Monday to Friday we have a Call Connect service, to Louth at 10.20 and 13.40 and from Louth to Rasen at 09.30 and 13.10.

“There is nothing on Saturday or Sunday, which are the days when the majority of families without transport would be able to use the swimming pool and leisure facilities of Louth.”

The town council was also told recently that as Gainsborough is a ‘growth area,’ more jobs will be available in coming years for residents from the Rasen area.

But Coun Richardson said Rasenites will not be able to get to Gainsborough to work if they do not have a car.

He added: “There is no service of any kind to Gainsborough, where our West Lindsey District Council office and services are based and where the leisure facilities provided from our taxes are situated.

“West Lindsey citizens advice, social services etc. are also based in Gainsborough, again out of reach for many.

“Nor is there any transport to or from Wragby, where the other ‘nearby’ swimming pool is located.

“So, far from celebrating the retention of what is at best a very poor compromise, we should be fighting for a service that allows our residents the basic right to work and to the leisure facilities for which they pay.”