Council helps stranded residents by providing new minibus service
A NEW bus service is to be launched in Toton to replace one that was axed more than a year ago.
The Toton Connect service, which was run by Trent Barton, was cut in July because the route was losing money for the firm.
At the time there were concerns about how people living in the area would get about and a petition was collected against its withdrawal.
However, Notts County Council has said it will run a new bus service in Toton from November 26.
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The new service will connect people living in Banks Road with the Tesco store on Swiney Way as well as the Chilwell Retail Park.
The move was welcomed by Angela Robinson, of Banks Road.
The 74-year-old told the Post: "When the Connect bus was withdrawn, there was a lot of concern from people round here who weren't very mobile.
"I'm sure the new bus is going to be welcomed by people round here – it will be good to be able to get to the shops and further away and not have to rely on taxis.
"And with the winter coming, the pavements will be getting slippy and having an easy way to get about will be good for people round here."
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said she was delighted with the announcement.
She said: "The old Connect service was cancelled last year and constituents were rightly concerned.
"I had a meeting with residents at Lombardy Lodge [sheltered housing complex in Portland Road, Toton] and as a result met with Notts County Council. They have been looking at how they can use their minibuses more efficiently.
"Vehicles are used to transport youngsters and other people with special needs to schools or day centres and then spend most of the day in the garage. This scheme will use those buses to provide a real service to residents in Toton."
The service will be provided by Nottinghamshire County Council's own vehicle fleet. There will be a flat rate fare of just £1.
Richard Jackson, chairman of the county council's highways and transport committee, said: "This is an excellent example of how the county council has listened to local people's needs and responded in a practical way.
"The new 110 service will cover most of the Toton area, but especially Banks Road, and will allow people not only to get to the Tesco superstore in Swiney Way but also to connect with other bus services.
"The £1 flat fare means that it won't cost people too much if they want to travel onwards to Beeston or Nottingham.
"We are able to provide the service by using one of our day service vehicles which is available off-peak, thus making best use of the resources available to us."
The service will operate for free during the first week of service.
It will run from Monday to Saturday every 30 minutes from 10.07am until 2.15pm.