Villagers lose bus 'lifeline'
FIVE bus routes in Notts have yet to be taken over as a result of Premiere Travel Ltd stopping its services.
Since the Meadow Lane-based company stopped operating at 5pm on Friday, the majority of its routes have been swiftly taken over by other bus companies.
But five services – numbers 50, 53, 73a, 73 and 74 – have yet to be replaced.
The number 50 went through Colston Bassett, Owthorpe, Cotgrave, Tollerton and West Bridgford on the way into Nottingham.
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Chairman of Colston Bassett parish council, David Clarke, said: "While the closure of this service may not be a problem for many, it's a major headache for those who had come to rely on it.
"There are people in the village who do not have any other mode of transport – for them this service is their lifeline.
"You cannot live in this village without having connections to the peripheral villages and services."
He also said that Notts County Council needed to make sure there was some kind of fallback service available for the people who did need a bus service and couldn't drive.
Nick Goddard of Church Gate, Colston Bassett, added: "It would be a shame to lose any sort of service for the village. I know there are people you need it."
Other routes yet to be replaced include the number 53, which ran from Keyworth to Bingham and stopped at Tollerton and Cotgrave; the 73a and 73 which went from Colwick to Arnold; and the 74 which went daily from Netherfield to Carlton.
David Thornhill, chairman of campaign group Nottinghamshire Better Transport said: "I am angry about this, although not angry with Premiere.
"England is almost unique in Europe in the way it delivers public transport, with cut throat competition applauded.
"In the absence of any coherent and integrated transport policy in this country there will be many more Premiere type business failures.
"You could almost say the Premiere situation is Government policy.
However, he added: "The way Trentbarton, Kinch and Nottingham City Transport have responded with replacement services at amazingly short notice and the honouring of Premiere's tickets should be applauded."