Councilors furious over plans to cut key Hucknall bus service
The 141 bus serves places like Hucknall, Linby, Papplewick and Newstead before continuing to Nottingham and places like City Hospital.
It has been described as a ‘lifeline’ for residents and serves some of the areas with the lowest car ownership rates in Nottinghamshire’.
The company had previously announced its intention to cancel evening services on Route 141 from August 3 and advisers say it now intends to end service altogether in September.
In a post on its website last week, Trentbarton said the service cuts were ‘due to the withdrawal of funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’ and said 141 was one of four services that are ceasing to operate .
The message read: ‘All affected services have lost money since the first Covid lockdown, with some not breaking even before the pandemic.
“After the shutdowns, they didn’t recover.”
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Councilor Jason Zadrozny (Ash Ind), leader of Ashfield District Council and leader of the Independent Alliance at County Hall, has launched a petition to save the service, which has now garnered over 1,600 signatures, including the cross-party support from councilors in Ashfield, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood District Councils, as well as Nottinghamshire County Council.
The petition can be signed here.
Councilor Zadrozny said: “141 is an essential service that serves some of our poorest areas.
“This decision is terrible and if Trentbarton had bothered to pick up the phone and ask the local councilors, we would have told them.
“The service they are providing right now is appalling.
“They blame driver shortages, but the reality is that they have a habit of cutting services and then blaming low passenger numbers on canceled services.
“We hope to persuade Trentbarton to think again.”
Zadrozny Council also tabled an urgent question about the cancellation of service for full council meeting at Nottinghamshire County Council on Thursday July 7.
Councilor John Wilmott (Ash Ind), who represents Hucknall North, said: ‘141 is a lifeline for so many residents of Linby and parts of Hucknall – especially those using City and Kings Mill hospitals and those who work in Nottingham.
“Trentbarton recently ran the most unreliable service in the county and used the resulting drop in passenger numbers as an excuse to cut this essential service.
“Nottinghamshire County Council has cut funding despite promising to increase it.
“I hope the large number of residents who have signed our petition – hundreds of those in our area – compel a rethink.”
Dispatch has contacted Trentbarton for comment.