Nottingham cuts support for Linkbus network

NEWS

Nottingham City Council is planning to cut its support for public transport, as it seeks to plug a £38million loss from a failed local energy project and makes good £28.4million in unreimbursed Covid response costs.

The Linkbus services, which fill in gaps in the commercial network, will be rationalised, in order to save £700,000. The 10 routes are all operated by CT4N, using city councilowned battery buses. Five of the routes are proposed for withdrawal, with modifications to some of the others to compensate.

CT4N also runs the Medilink route, connecting Nottingham’s two principal hospitals and two park-&-ride sites. The council proposes to use funding from the workplace parking levy to ensure that this continues without change.

Cllr Adele Williams, portfolio holder for transport, says: ‘We are proposing to limit the effect on services through timetable changes, diversions on existing services, and withdrawing services where journeys can be made by another operator. This way we can ensure we continue to provide services to the city and district centres for people living more than 400m away from a commercial bus or tram stop.’

A public consultation is underway to seek views on the plans.