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Pilot bus service will shape future of services

Posted onPosted on 2nd Mar

Pilot bus services are to form part of a review of services in the county that could lead to changes to routes from Ollerton to Newark and Retford.

One pilot scheme, providing evening services to Mansfield town centre from the Ladybrook and Oak Tree estates, was introduced in December.

The service runs for three days a week, to support the Mansfield town centre evening and night-time economy.

The pilot will continue until June, when it will be reviewed by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The service could continue, become a taxi-bus, or be withdrawn, depending on demand.

A review of bus services for the Ollerton area is planned, including routes to and from Retford and Newark.

The council said new national government funds for public transport, to help national, local government and the private sector to work together to meet the needs of communities, could support further investment in these bus services. The council has bid for this funding.

Coun John Cottee, committee chairman for Communities and Place, said: “In Nottinghamshire we have an excellent reputation for public transport, with a 93% passenger satisfaction rating, the second highest in the UK. In our county 83% of residents are within 800 metres, or 10 minutes’ walk, of an hourly bus service.

“We will continue to look at ways we can improve bus services to better meet the needs of our local communities.

“Pilot schemes will show how we can best support our residents.

“By looking at demand, and linking up with existing bus services, we can provide people in Nottinghamshire with the transport they need while offering the best value for money.”