The Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser can reveal this week that following a massive campaign, Nottinghamshire County Council has stepped in to rescue residents left stranded by the withdrawal of a popular bus service.
The campaign, led jointly by Broxtowe borough councillors Andy Cooper and Richard Robinson, was in response to Trent Barton’s decision to cut the 27 bus service from Maws Lane, Kimberley, as it was not financially viable.
The 27 bus service will take a different route from December 1 this year - leaving residents unable to get to the shops to do their Christmas shopping.
Following an article in the Advertiser, both councillors received more than 70 emails, letters and phone calls from angry residents venting their frustration at the decision of Trent Barton to cut the service.
However Cllr Cooper and Robinson, together with the Kimberley Town Council leader David Nunn, approached a number of organisations including the county council to see if they could provide an alternative service.
This week Nottinghamshire County Council have announced that they will reroute the 532 Moorgreen to Eastwood service to go up Maws Lane, Kimberley from 1 December 2014.
Cllr Robinson said: “We are pleased that the county council have responded positively to the arguments we made, and that a service will continue for some of the most vulnerable residents in Kimberley who would otherwise have been left totally stranded, and unable to get out either to the shops or the local doctors.”
Kimberley resident and town councillor Sue Cooper said “It shows what can be achieved when you make a strong case and outline just how vital public transport is for local disabled and elderly people.”
Cllrs Andy and Sue Cooper and Cllr Robinson would like to thank the local paper, Kimberley Town Council and members of the public for supporting the campaign.