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Bus Services In County To Be Reviewed

12th February 2018
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Bus services in Nottinghamshire will be reviewed after a plea from Sutton West County Councillor Tom Hollis.  Councillor Hollis called for the review during a meeting of the Nottinghamshire's County Council's influential Communities and Place Committee.  Councillor Hollis made the request during a debate on Nottinghamshire's Concessionary Travel Scheme.
 
Councillor Hollis welcomed the scheme, especially the 'hot listing' process, where lost and stolen concessionary passes are blocked from use on buses and trams - He told the Committee though that "Nowhere in the report, does it mention the lost bus services across our County."  He told the Committee that although Concessionary Travel passes were welcome they were '...simply useless for many people, especially the most vulnerable as bus services have been axed, especially in Sutton, Kirkby and Selston."
 
In calling for the review, Councillor Hollis, whose Division includes Carsic, Sutton-in-Ashfield especially affected by bus cuts also told the Committee - "It’s all well and good having a Concessionary Travel Scheme but for many residents – especially the most vulnerable, they simply cannot access any services or have such a poor bus service that any pass is rendered hopeless.  The Carsic Estate is particularly poorly served.  During weekdays, there is a bus every hour if it turns up, none after 6pm and none at weekends.  It is the same in places like Stanton Hill, Skegby and Teversal.  These are just some of the forgotten areas that a Concessionary Travel pass means next to nothing.  Some of the poorest areas in this County suffer from the poorest public transport."
 
In calling for the review of bus services, Councillor Hollis mentioned massive house building plans across many areas of the County.  He said, "What are the County Council doing to prepare for huge increase in house building? In terms of a full transport infrastructure review to prepare for this and to ensure that Concessionary Travel is there for those who need it most?"
 
Members of the Communities and Place Committee agreed to do a full review of bus services across Nottinghamshire.  Councillor Hollis said, "I welcome the fact that the Council have listened to my advice.  I will be using the bus review to push for the restoration of bus services in some of the forgotten areas in our County - especially in the Ashfield District and Eastwood.  It's clear that a poor bus service doesn't just affect the most vulnerable but has a knock on effect on regeneration, social mobility, education and jobs."
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