Bus service not justified

MDL100120B4 - Mapperley
MDL100120B4 - Mapperley

A bus service between Mapperley and Ilkeston that was scrapped in March will not be reinstated despite a petition that residents sent to Derbyshire County Council.

The number 13 service was part of a package of contracted local bus services in the Ilkeston area.

A council report states: “The contract reached its full term and, along with other expiring contracts, was re-tendered by the authority prior to the end of the contract on March 29.”

The council said that two options were put out to tender, one to retain the services unchanged and another to provide a revised package of services that better reflecte d passenger demand based on the results of on-bus surveys and electronic ticket machine data.

The report stated: “Analysis of sample data for service 13 shows the service carried just 423 passengers between August and November 2013, which equates to an average of four passenger journeys per day. This low passenger use could not justify the significant additional cost required to maintain it.”

The council said that there are three other services that people in Mapperley could use. They are the Black Cat, service 59, and service 11, which all stop at Mapperley crossroads, which is 0.6 miles from the village.

The authority also stated that community transport is available in Mapperley.

Villager Elaine Sarson said that residents felt they had not been consulted and had been left without a bus service.

A petition was signed by 133 of the villages 240 residents.

A council spokesman said: “The previous low use of service 13 means the cost of providing Mapperley with a local bus service cannot be justified, which is the reason this service was withdrawn in March 2014.