Councillor calls for vital local bus route to be saved

9 Dec 2022

A Hinckley County Councillor has called for a vital local bus route serving the town and many local villages to be maintained.

Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort Michael Mullaney raised the issue at the Leicestershire Full Council meeting on Wednesday 7th December. Speaking at the meeting Michael called on the Conservative leader of the County Council, Nick Rushton not to cut support to the 159 bus service that runs between Hinckley and Coalville.

Michael Mullaney Joyce Crooks and Bill Crooks campaigning to save local bus services

Michael Mullaney explained the importance of the service "The 159 serves Hinckley, it also serves many local villages. Many people particularly in rural areas rely on the service. The 159 is the only bus service that serves Stapleton for example. It is also one of only a few buses that serve villages like Newbold Verdon, Market Bosworth and Barlestone. A number of people rely on the 159 for work, education and shopping. To lose the service would for many people be a huge loss.

"I hope the Conservative County Council will not cut the 159 bus service as part of their planned package of cuts at the County Council"

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