Bus routes are under threat as more cuts loom

A CallConnect bus. ANL-150104-170500001
A CallConnect bus. ANL-150104-170500001

Several bus routes could be cut back or even axed in the Horncastle area - leaving workers, shoppers, students and the elderly effectively stranded in some communities.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking to save around £47million in the coming 12 months - and more than £170million over the next four years - after cutbacks in Government funding.

The News revealed recently that a number of school bus services could be under threat but the county council is looking at all public transport in Lincolnshire.

Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways and transportation, said: “In light of severe reductions to our Government funding, we have to drastically reduce the amount of money we spend on all of our council services.”

The CallConnect service - which is totally reliant on county council backing - is reported to be under threat.

Several worried residents have contacted the News about the potential loss of a bus service.

Ian Stephenson, from Horncastle, said: “My two teenagers go to college in Lincoln and if there are cuts, I don’t know how they will manage,”

Lisa Collins, who lives near Tetford, said she relied on buses to get to Louth or Horncastle.

She said: “A lot of elderly people live in villages. The buses are a lifeline. You couldn’t get to the doctors. It would be devastating.”

• According to the County Council, there are 169 bus services throughout Lincolnshire which receive ‘some degree’ of revenue support.

The ‘CallConnect’ service - which is vital in many outlying rural communities in the Wolds - is fully funded by the county council.

The list of services in the local area includes:

BINBROOK-GRIMSBY

KIRKSTEAD-HORNCASTLE

WORLABY - HORNCASTLE

LUDFORD - MARKET RASEN - BINBROOK

BOSTON - SPILSBY

PARTNEY - HORNCASTLE

ALFORD-WILLOUGHBY-ALFORD

ALFORD via SPILSBY/WILLOUGHBY

MARTIN-SLEAFORD RAIL STATION

BOSTON - CONINGSBY

LITTLE CAWTHORPE - LOUTH

WRAGBY - CHERRY WILLINGHAM

BUCKNALL - BRANSTON

MABLETHORPE - ALFORD

CONINGSBY-LINCOLN

BOSTON - HORNCASTLE

CONINGSBY-LINCOLN

HORNCASTLE-BOSTON

BINBROOK-GRIMSBY

HORNCASTLE-LINCOLN

LOUTH TOWN SERVICE

DUNHOLME- HORNCASTLE

HORNCASTLE-BOSTON/KIRKSTEAD

LOUTH-HORNCASTLE (6C)

SPILSBY CALLCONNECT

HORNCASTLE-SLEAFORD

HORNCASTLE & CONINGSBY CALLCONNECT

LOUTH SOUTH CALLCONNECT

EAST OF LOUTH CALLCONNECT

SLEAFORD & METHERINGHAM CALLCONNECT

TOYNTON ALL SAINTS - BOSTON

ALFORD-ABY-LOUTH

WRAGBY-LOUTH