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All aboard - for tea and cakes!

A bus trip for residents of a Wisbech retirement home was such a success it could become a monthly event.

Edina Court bus trip

Residents from Edina Court in Harecroft Road enjoyed a trip on the Service 68 bus to Tesco Extra on Cromwell Road, where they enjoyed a coffee morning laid on in the supermarket's Community Rooms and a spot of shopping.

The morning was organised by Fenland District Council's Wisbech Bus Service Project, Tesco and Edina Court to encourage residents to try the Wisbech Tesco Bus Service.

And the trip was so popular, options are now being considered to make it a monthly event - much to the delight of those that took part.

The Wisbech Tesco Bus Service was launched in July as a 12 month pilot, and needs involvement from the community to ensure its long-term future.

Councillor Simon King, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Fenland District Council, said: "Section 106 developer funding from the new Tesco retail park development is being used to get the new bus service up and running. Once the funding ends the service needs to be able to support itself in order to continue long term. The previous bus service introduced to provide access to Tesco was withdrawn due to lack of use. We don't want to have the same thing happen with Service 68.

"We are looking at ways to encourage more people to try the service so we can attract enough regular users to make it permanent. So many people have told me how much they need this bus on this route and we really want to do all we can keep it running for them.

"Throughout the trial we are asking for people's comments and feedback as we want to get the service right and give it its best chance."

The service is led by Project Co-ordinator, Belinda Pedler, who is delivering the marketing and promotion of the new service, operated by FACT, and can be identified by the Wisbech Tesco Bus Service logo and signage displayed in the bus windows. FACT membership is not required to use the service and travel is free for Concessionary Bus Pass Holders.

The service runs between Horsefair Bus Station and Tesco Extra and covers South Brink (Malt Drive), Mount Drive, Ramnoth Road, Weasenham Lane and Queens Road as well as Harecroft Road and North End (Leverington Road).

Timetables and route information are available from numerous venues across Wisbech including the Horsefair Information Point, Wisbech Fenland @ Your Service Shop and Tesco (Customer Services Desk).

Information is also available online at www.fenland.gov.uk/wisbechtescobus and any questions, comments or timetable requests can be made via email to: neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk by telephone: 01354 622318 or in writing to: The Wisbech Bus Service Project, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ.

Article added: September 20, 2017