Bus bid gets the thumbs-up

A BID to set up a new bus service linking Kimberley to Nottingham has provoked an astonishing response.

Over 700 people gave the thumbs-up to a letter sent out to residents by Kimberley and Cossall councillor Richard Robinson.

The letter asked if people would welcome a new route providing a direct link to the Ikea Retail Park, the Phoenix Park Tram Stop and on to Nottingham's Broad Marsh Centre.

Broxtowe MP Nick Palmer and councillor Robinson will be holding further meetings during February and March with a number of bodies to try and secure funding for the new service.

The letter was hand-delivered to Cossall and Kimberley residents over the past three weeks and people replied via email and tear-off slips on the letters.

Cllr Robinson met with Mark Hudson, Group Manager for Public Transport of Nottinghamshire County Council on December 7, together with representatives of Dunn Line, and other senior representation from the County Council for preliminary discussions about possible funding for the proposed new bus service.

Dunn Line officials had drawn up provisional timetables and a route.

It was agreed that further consultation needed to be carried out with local residents before being able to establish a formal response from the County Council.

Cllr Robinson said: "Once the consultation period ends Nick Palmer and myself will be collating all of the responses - before putting further a formal submission to the County Council before the end of February.

"Nick Palmer and myself are also in discussions with the PR consultants on behalf of owners of the new Giltbrook Retail park to try and obtain help for funding for the new bus service from them.

"The early indications are that we are likely to receive some help with funding at some stage - although this might be at a later stage.

"We also hope to get some funding for the route from NET. I would hope that the new service would be able to commence later in 2007."