The future may not be Green as county council reviews bus services to Wisbech, Sutton, Manea, March and Kings Lynn

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Norfolk Green bus services in Fenland and West Norfolk– that cover towns and villages including Wisbech, Sutton, Manea, March and Kings Lynn- are under review.

Three services run by Norfolk Green – numbers 46, 50 and 56- could be affected.

From Monday Cambridgeshire County Council begin a review of these services and the subsidies they attract.

“It is vital people across the Fens have their say in this review,” said Steve Barclay, the MP for NE Cambs.

“Due to reduced funding available to subsidise bus services, the county council is reviewing all affected services as part of the programme and are currently looking at Norfolk Green services numbers 46, 50 and 56.”

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The review is being conducted under an ‘umbrella’ Cambridgeshire Future Transport programme.

The 46 links March to Wisbech and King’s Lynn, the number 50 links Wisbech to Sutton and the number 56 links Wisbech to March and Manea.

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Residents have from Monday October 13 to November 23 to have their say as part of a community survey, which aims to show how people use the buses.

Further information about this can be found on the county council’s website:

Mr Barclay said: “Our area is already under-provided for when it comes to public transport, particularly bus services and so it is vital that people speak up and have their say to ensure the county council understands just how important these bus services are to the local community.”

Changes to services could take up to nine months to be implemented and there will be no changes until the consultation process is complete.

The future transport programme project started in the Whittlesey area in early 2014 to address transport issues on an area basis. As part of the public consultation drop-in sessions attended by county council officers – with the opportunity to complete a questionnaire- have been arranged.

These are:

•Benwick Village Hall - Tuesday October 28, 10am - 12noon

•Manea Village Hall - Tuesday October 28, 2pm - 4pm

•March Library - Wednesday November 19, 10am - 12noon

•Newton Village Hall - Thursday October 30, 2pm - 4pm

•Wisbech Library - Thursday October 30, 10am - 12noon.

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