Councillor makes final appeal to County Council to keep 159 bus service going

9 Mar 2023

A Leicestershire County Councillor made a final appeal today to keep a Leicestershire bus service going. The 159 Hinckley to Coalville bus service was ended on February the 25th after the County Council ceased to subsidise the service.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats opposition on the County Council Michael Mullaney made an appeal at the County Council's Highways and Transport Committee to restore the bus service.

Michael said "A big thank you to the 2,388 people who signed the petition to keep the 159 bus service going.

This service is the only service that connects Hinckley and Coalville two of the largest towns in Leicestershire. It is the only direct service into Hinckley from many villages including Barlestone, Newbold Verdon and Market Bosworth. It is the only bus service that serves Stapleton, Nailstone and Cadeby.

I have been contacted by many people who lost out by the 159 service being lost. People who used the bus for travel to work, college, and shopping.

"At a time of a cost of living crisis a bus service can be a more affordable way of people travelling so it's not a good time to be reducing bus services.

"I urge the Conservative leadership of the County Council to make a final effort to get a 159 bus service kept going. Even if it's a reduced service at peak times in the mornings and evenings for people who need the service for work and education. Or to see if an alternative provider to Roberts coaches could run the service.

Campaigners calling for local bus services to be saved

"The 159 bus service is a vital local bus route and I urge the County Council to rethink scrapping it and to find a way to get the service going again"

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