Council cuts to 141 bus service

Subsidies to bus services have been cut by Nottinghamshire County Council which could leave bus-users stranded.

Due to budget constraints, the council has cut its subsidy to the Trent Barton 141 service - which runs between Sutton, and Nottingham travelling through Papplewick, Linby and Hucknall.

The last bus on the route currently leaves Mansfield at 10pm arriving at Nottingham at 11.20pm but from 4th August the last bus will depart Sutton at 5.25pm arriving in Nottingham at 7.24pm.

The final service from Nottingham leaves at 6.30pm through to Sutton with a further bus at 7.30pm but this only goes as far as Rainworth arriving at 8.33pm.

The news has been met with criticism by Hucknall residents.

“It’s unbelievable that at a time where more building and development of homes is happening in Hucknall that the transport links are being cut,” said Hucknall resident Roberta Norris.

Another Dispatch reader, Donna Bamford, through Facebook said: “I live in Rainworth but have family in Hucknall and I go into Nottingham of an evening. Where will I catch a bus now to Nottingham from Rainworth? I’m very angry.”

Another comment left through Facebook by Tracey Richardson said: “You can’t just cut people off who don’t have transport. I don’t drive and use it to visit my daughter.

“People who depend on it will feel isolated. They will now have to go into Hucknall and find another way back to Papplewick area.”

The county council spends around £6m a year on bus services and plans to reduce this figure by £1.8m as part of cuts totalling £83m.

The majority of services across the county are run by commercial operators, with less profitable routes financially supported by the county council.

But from next month, subsidies will be removed from under-used routes for services running before 6.30am or after 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and completely on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

County council spokesman Chris Ward said the decision was taken after public extensive consultation.

He said: “In reorganising services we have done the best we can to serve the majority of people and indeed have retained the majority of the existing services, in particular around rural villages who depend entirely on council-supported services.