IT WILL be good news for the residents of Fernwood that they are having a Saturday bus service to take them into Newark, and at a time when rural bus routes appear to be in decline.
I would hope many people will use this service, and others like it, and that the timings have been made suitable for the passengers.
I am well aware that the cost of a new bus, let alone its operational costs, are substantial these days so it is necessary for city, county and district councils, as well as town and parish councils and bus operators, to promote existing and new services so that capacity is at least 95% on average to cover costs.
I am also aware of the Notts bus Connect services, which operate in this area, travelling around what must be described as C-class roads.
They are an essential link between small hamlets and villages to towns for non-motorists, but they too need the support of the varied communities they serve.
To my mind, and with increasing congestion on major roads, public transport — both bus and, in some cases, train — will come into their own again. — A. M. Waddington, The Meerings, Sutton-on-Trent.