OVER TWO years of committed campaigning look set to bring the direct day time service to Nottingham´s Queen´s Medical Centre back to Kimberley.
But the proposal needs residents support to ensure the service is reinstated - and has a definite future.
Notts County Councillor for Kimberley Richard Robinson has been a driving force behind the campaign.
Following the presentation of a 700 name petition calling for the restoration of the service last year, Coun Robinson had extensive discussions with the council.
He said: "I am of the opinion that something can happen - and it can happen this year."
The county council are prepared to consider partially re-routing service 170-171 from autumn 2003 so that Kimberley and Nuthall residents can get to the QMC without changing buses.
The proposal is to operate one daily direct day time bus from Kimberley and Nuthall via Bulwell to the QMC in the mid morning with an afternoon bus returning to Kimberley from the QMC.
Before this can happen the county council need feedback from residents.
They need to know what residents feel is a suitable time for the services morning departure and mid-afternoon return to Kimberley.
Coun Robinson said: "Im absolutely delighted that after so much hard work, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
"Its really important now for people to let us know what time they are prepared to use the bus, because if its reinstated and not used, it will be withdrawn."
The information is needed by July 1st so it can be passed on the the county council.
Residents are asked to contact Coun Robinson at 7 Scargill Avenue, Newthorpe, NG16 2DZ on 01773 531 315 or at richardlsarah.new.labour.org.uk.
Information can also be passed on to Coun Roy Plumb at his shop on James Street, Kimberley.