Campaigners warned bus service could ‘die’

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CAMPAIGNERS have been warned that moves to revive an axed bus-route in Hucknall could lead to “the death” of the service completely.

Earlier this year, Trent Barton decided to slash its Connect service, which links outlying parts of the town with High Sreet and the main tram and train stations.

The cost-cutting move led to one route being cut completely.

Previously, the Connect Red buses and Connect Blue buses ran in opposite directions in a loop around the town. The Blue has now gone, while just three buses operate on the Red route.

The cuts sparked outrage among passengers. Hundreds of residents signed a protest petition and many also complained about delays.

But despite the complaints, Trent Barton remains steadfast behind its decision.

And now one of the leading campaigners, Sally Wyatt, chairman of the Reach Out Residents group, has revealed how the service could go completely.

Mrs Wyatt says Alex Hornby, commercial director at Trent Barton, made the comment that a return to the previous structure could signal the death of the route.

Mr Hornby told her: “We are committed to making the current service work and we are not looking to change the structure of the service, which is already beating its expected targets.”

A public meeting about the Connect buses is to be held on Tuesday May 3 at Holgate Comprehensive School.