More than1,000 residents from West Hallam and surrounding villages have signed a petition appealing for an axed evening bus service to be re-instated.
Concerned residents and businesses say the withdrawal of the number 11 service by Notts and Derby will have a major impact on people of all ages who now have no public transport after 7.30pm.
West Hallam, Stanley and Stanley Common Parish Councils have all pledged their support to the campaign which is calling on Derbyshire County Council to reconsider its decision against granting a subsidy for the service.
West Hallam resident Dr John Disney, who is a transport consultant and researcher at Nottingham Business School, has described the axing of the service as ‘grossly unfair.’
He said: “Derbyshire has had a good public transport network over the past 30 years with theCounty Council having a strong commitment to public transport.
“Over the last three years, however, bus services in Derbyshire have deteriorated both in quantity and quality.”
The Number 11 service provided return transport between Ilkeston Community Hospital and Derby serving the communities of West Hallam, Stanley, Mapperley and Stanley Common.
Cllr Carol Hart, who presented the petition, said; “Many residents rely heavily on this service and its withdrawal impacts on their working lives with the inability to get to and from work, especially those who work shift patterns.
“It also deprives residents of any kind of social life in the evenings and students attending college, particularly Derby College, cannot get home after attending evening events as well as those attending adult evening classes.”