Villagers ‘isolated’ by axed bus route

Elizabeth Campbell and Joan Waterfall at the number 13 bus stop which is scheduled to stop running.

Elizabeth Campbell and Joan Waterfall at the number 13 bus stop which is scheduled to stop running.

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Frustrated villagers are not taking no for an answer following news that their only bus route into Ilkeston will be axed at the end of week.

Following the ‘Tiser’s report on Mapperley Village resident, Tony Hatfield’s plans to protest that the number 13 Notts and Derby service between the village and Ilkeston was to be terminated, residents of Coronation Road contacted the paper.

Married couple Edward and Joan Hubbard and neighbours, Elizabeth Campbell, Jean Marsden and Joan Waterfall, joined 22 other villagers who met with Mapperley Parish Council to discuss further action.

Edward Hubbard, whose wife, Jean, has already attempted to contact their local MP, said: “We are heavily isolated with no shops and so rely on easy access to Ilkeston.

“The Government is telling us not to use cars, but some may have to.”

Elizabeth Campbell who also uses the service said: “Most elderly people don’t have internet, can’t drive and cannot walk very far. When we have to go to Ilkeston or Heanor to pay council tax, what do we do then?”

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council reiterated the service had been heavily under-used and that an alternative route was in place half a mile away at Mapperley crossroads.

Community transport for those with mobility issues was also promoted, at a price of £2 a return journey.

Joan Waterfall who uses the community service on Thursdays said: “If I need to get to the doctor’s on another weekday or just pick up some bread, I can’t walk all that way to Mapperley crossroads.”

MP Nigel Mills said: “It’s disappointing that the county council has stopped funding this service - residents in Mapperley need to be able to access local towns.

“I have raised this with a local bus company to try and ensure a continuing service is provided to constituents.”

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