New bus route pilots proposed to connect communities across towns and villages in North Lincolnshire

Transport and Streets
09:00, Saturday, 25th March 2023

Two new bus routes are set to be launched to connect residents in villages to Barton, Brigg and across the Isle of Axholme.

Using Government cash, one new route will travel through the Low Villages between Barton and Brigg, the other will connect villages on the Isle .

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Public transport is a major issue for people living in our smaller villages and now, thanks to Government cash, we are seeking to establish these two new pilot routes where the market cannot sustain 57-seater buses.

“These new regular bus services will connect residents, enabling them to visit some of our bigger towns to shop, access doctors and dentists and also visit friends and family.

“These routes are part of the council’s plan to offer more flexible transport for local residents and enable them to use greener transport options – we want this to be just the start, so it is important that people use it when it’s here.”

The pilot routes could be launched as soon as May with further details and timetables to be announced. They will not double-up over existing routes already run by bus operators.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We have listened to residents who have been asking for new bus routes through the Low Villages and across the Isle of Axholme – connecting people in rural communities to work, healthcare and social activity is important.

“The number of people using these new services will be monitored over the coming few months, and if successful could be made permanent.”