New look for popular community buses

Transport and Streets
17:09, Tuesday, 16th January 2024

Further improvements have been made to bus services 96 and 97 that connect residents in the low villages to Barton, Brigg and across the Isle of Axholme thanks to Government cash.

The buses are due to have facelifts to give them a new look and feel, and bus service 97 has this month been extended to include Haxey and Westwoodside.

The two rural community bus services were launched in May 2023. These routes are part of the council’s plan to offer more flexible transport for residents and enable them to use greener transport options.

Cllr Tim Mitchell, cabinet member for connectivity, said:

“It is brilliant to see further investment in buses across the region to improve the experience for residents.

“The new-look buses will soon be spotted out and about showcasing their new designs. This investment is part of our commitment to transform the bus service across North Lincolnshire.”

The council received more than £1m government cash from the Bus Service Improvement Plan plus funding (BSIP+) for up to 2025 and more recently £965,000 following the government’s announcement of £150m funding to improve bus services for 2024/25 in the Midlands and North of England.

Cllr Mitchell added: “More bus service improvements will be implemented over the next few months to enhance connectivity further.

“This is an ambitious plan which will improve reliability and frequency of buses, along with improved passenger information and simpler ticketing to encourage people back onto buses.

“There’s never been a better time to ‘Take The Bus’.”

For more details about rural transport across North Lincolnshire visit the North Lincolnshire Council website.

All bus timetables can be found on the Traveline website.