Hospital buses are scrapped

Direct buses running between Eastwood and the Queen’s Medical Centre are being scrapped.

The news means people who work at the hospital and patients will have to catch two separate two buses.

Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has written to the bus operator, yourbus, to ask them to reconsider.

“This service provides an extremely important and direct link from Eastwood to a major hospital in the region and local folk will be devastated.

“I hope bosses involved will sit up and take notice of these concerns and reassess the provision of bus services between our towns and hospitals,” she added.

The 229 bus run by Veolia used to go to the QMC, but the firm decided it was not cost effective.

A spokesperson for yourbus said: “We continued to operate the route without funding - unfortunately we can no longer continue to do so.

“Service 101 will cover the Newthorpe Common part of service Y29, operating via Baker Road it will turn left onto Nottingham Road, and then right into Smithurst Road and will operate Smithurst Road, Halls Lane and Newthorpe Common.”

The buses will stop on September 13. Visit traveline to plan your journey.