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Council calls for night bus service linking Southwell to Nottingham to be re-instated



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A council is hoping to re-instate a night bus service linking town and city and providing transport for students.

The 26 bus service, operated by Nottingham City Transport, linked Southwell and other villages and towns, including Lowdham, Burton Joyce and Thurgarton, to Nottingham city centre.

The night bus service was partially subsidised by Nottingham Trent University, however, it was said to be axed due to a lack of drivers following the pandemic.

Norwood Gardens bus stop, on the 26 bus route through Southwell. (58379691)
Norwood Gardens bus stop, on the 26 bus route through Southwell. (58379691)

Southwell Town Council are now seeking to bring the service back, for the benefit of residents ­— especially students at Nottingham Trent University’s Brakenhurst Campus on the outskirts of the town.

Karen Roberts, chairman of the town environment committee, explained that the bus was a safer way for students to travel at night-time and an important service for the town.

A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: “The university would be supportive of a reintroduction of the night bus service between Nottingham and Southwell and this would enable our students to move more easily between the city and our Brackenhurst Campus. We do subsidise bus services for our students and will continue to collaborate with partners at Nottingham City Transport regarding their plans.”

The availability of public transport is also important for residents who do not drive ­— including those with a disability.

Jamie Bostock, disability officer for Newark Constituency Labour Party, said: “I think that the night bus provides a vital service for all those who live on the 26 night bus route.

“For disabled people particularly, it enables easy access to all the amenities that Nottingham has to offer; it facilitates a diverse social and professional life for disabled individuals. Without this bus service, disabled people in rural areas can find themselves cut off from their social groups in the city if they meet later in the evening.

“Without a night bus, disabled and older people are deprived of opportunities for work, exercise and leisure. In the worst-case scenario, they can become accidentally stranded in Nottingham if they were unable to get the last evening bus at 11.05pm.

“Newark Constituency Labour Party is committed to supporting all campaigns for reliable and affordable public transport.”

The bus is also a more cost effective ­— and environmentally friendly ­— alternative to private taxis or cars.

The county council was approached for comment.



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