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Wisbech bus service set for July launch

Wisbech residents will be able to enjoy improved access to local healthcare, education and community facilities when the new Wisbech bus service officially launches on July 3.

FACT buses

The pilot 68 service will link residential areas in South and North-West Wisbech, not currently served by public transport, to the town centre and Cromwell Road Business Park.

Local community transport provider FACT will operate the service, which was designed through Fenland District Council's Wisbech Bus Service Project following the withdrawal of the Tesco 66 service by Stagecoach last year.

The route will provide access to businesses in Cromwell Road such as Tesco Extra, the Light Cinema and nearby restaurants, ACES Eye Clinic, the Rosmini Community Centre and the Queen Mary Centre, Horsefair Shopping Centre, Thomas Clarkson Academy, the College of West Anglia, Awdry House, the Hudson Leisure Centre, North Cambs Hospital and Trinity Surgery.

Additional stops will be included to provide access to residential areas in Malt Drove, via South Brink, Railway Road, Mount Drive, Ramnoth Road, Harecroft Road, and Leverington Road between Harecroft Road and North End.

The Wisbech Bus Service project developed the 'community-led' route with significant input from local residents. Feedback from various consultation exercises provided valuable insight into their local transport needs and highlighted gaps in existing services.

The service will initially run on a year's trial, with the intention of continuing it if it proves to be a success. Its performance will be monitored throughout its trial period, with customer feedback around potential improvements welcomed.

Councillor Simon King, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder for transport, said: "The withdrawal of the Tesco 66 service by Stagecoach last year granted us the opportunity to re-think how the public transport needs of local people could be met.

"Residents played an active part in our Wisbech Bus Service project; helping us to form the routes and timetable that would suit them best, so I'm delighted the new 68 service is now ready to launch.

"Initially, the pilot service will run for a year, during which time it will be closely monitored and any necessary changes made. I would encourage people to make use of the service in order to help secure its future long-term."

Residents can sign up to be notified about the service by sending their contact details to neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or by calling 01354 622318.

More information about the Wisbech Bus Service project.

Article added: May 25, 2017