Investment in Public Transport set to improve rural services

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The popular Call Connect bus service that provides a lifeline to many residents in rural areas is set to continue improving transport services across North Lincolnshire.

More than 3,000 people have already registered to use Call Connect – it provides a more flexible service for residents in areas that are currently poorly served by traditional bus services.

Usage of the service continues to grow – in just one month (October 2017) 2,510 journeys were made.

The more flexible transport service proposed would:

  • Use Call Connect where passenger numbers are low and the current service is infrequent
  • Introduce fixed routes with Call Connect where there is sufficient demand
  • Work to integrate school and college transport to secure best value for local taxpayers.
  • Invest £1.8m a year in concessionary fare bus passes for older and disabled residents

The service would result in an improved bus route between Kirmington and Scunthorpe, the enhancement of the Humber Flyer from Grimsby to Hull to include the airport and villages along the A1077, and a new fixed Call Connect route on Fridays from Appleby to Scunthorpe.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are continuing to invest heavily in public transport in North Lincolnshire. Our concessionary fares scheme which provides bus passes to older and disabled residents is one of the best in the country and we can be proud that this is available to residents in our area.

“As customers demand for public transport changes, we need to consider ways we can improve transport further to better meet their needs. We have found that some routes are less popular than others and there is demand to expand services in other areas. We have addressed this and are planning to have a much more flexible bus service that works with the popular Call Connect and other main bus routes.

“We are also investing to expand the Call Connect bus service. These changes will greatly improve the offer to residents and create a more flexible approach to transport.  We should remember that Call Connect provides a service that operates between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and between 8am and 6pm on Saturday. ”