Plans for future of Ashfield public transport to go on show

The future provision of passenger transport is Ashfield is being discussed.
The future provision of passenger transport is Ashfield is being discussed.

The future provision of public transport in Ashfield is being presented at a series of county council-organised roadshows next week.

Residents were asked for their views on how transport services in Nottinghamshire should operate in the future during a major consultation held between July and September last year.

After analysing the responses, Nottinghamshire County Council has developed new proposals and the outline plans of these will be on display at the roadshows.

The proposals include improving the efficiency of public bus services and encouraging more people to use them, making infrastructure improvements such as better bus stop waiting areas and reviewing any bus services that are under-used.

The county council financially supports some local bus services, home to school transport and social care transport, but says it needs to look at changing the way some services operate in order to make sure they continue to meet essential needs and can be affordably maintained for the future.

It is looking at expanding the role of voluntary and community transport services to cover areas such as social care, health and education-related journeys and enabling children and young people to use public transport for school journeys where possible.

The revised transport network may involve providing connecting services to ‘transport hubs’ in order to pick up direct bus services to key destinations. This may mean some changes to timetables, frequencies and routes which would be well publicised.

On Wednesday 5th June, the roadshows will be at Kirkby library from 9.15am until midday, at Selston library from 12.15pm to 1.15pm, at Jacksdale Community Centre from 1.30pm until 2.30pm and at Underwood Institute from 2.45pm until 3.45pm.

On Friday 7th June they will be at Hucknall Library 9am-1pm and Ravenshead Library 1.30-3pm.

The county council spends over £30m per year on transport services and hopes to reduce this amount by £2m through reorganisation.