Hope for Connect buses?

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AN APPEAL has been launched for Notts County Council to find £128,000 a year to pay for the reinstatement of the slashed Connect bus-service in Hucknall.

The route, which links outlying parts of the town with High Street and the main tram and train stations, was reviewed by Trent Barton earlier this year.

Major changes have included one route being axed completely.

But the decision has enraged Connect passengers, who have complained about lengthy journeys and the timetable not being effective.

Now, after a public meeting organised by the Reach Out Residents Group, based in the west of Hucknall, a call is being made to County Hall to subsidise the service to the tune of £400 a day.

The plea has come from Coun Chris Baron (Lab) and fellow Hucknall West members of Ashfield District Council, Coun Ken Knight (Lab) and Coun Jim Grundy (Lab).

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), a Hucknall member of the county council, said: “I’ve spoken to Trent Barton, and the Connect has been altered because it wasn’t being used and wasn’t covering its costs.

“For the county council to pick up the bill to reinstate the service would be very difficult.”

However Connect passengers have been told that alterations are to be made to the timetable by Trent Barton to ease some of the problems reported.

Connect brand manager Daren Gough told the Reach Out Residents group that many of the difficulties happen between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm and are caused by heavy lunchtime traffic in Hucknall town centre.

Now a series of changes will come into force in September to combat the troubles.