Councillors to do ‘everything in their power’ to save Gretton to Harborough bus service

Gretton is one of the villages which will be affected
Gretton is one of the villages which will be affected

Councillors have pledged to do ‘everything in their power’ to help people affected by the loss of the Centrebus Number 67 from Gretton to Market Harborough.

Conservative councillors Rob McKellar, Kevin Watt and Bridget Watts, who represent Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall on Corby Council, are campaigning to save the service which Centrebus has announced will cease in July after its county council subsidy was withdrawn.

They have launched a Facebook page calling for the service to be saved and are working with MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove, Gretton Parish Council and Northamptonshire County Council to try and broker a deal.

Cllr McKellar said: “The Number 67 bus is a lifeline to many residents in Corby’s surrounding villages.

“It doesn’t just transport local people between Gretton and Market Harborough, but it also connects our villages to Asda and to the Corby Business Academy, as well as providing a link between Priors Hall, Gretton and Rockingham. “We will fight hard to save the service and we will do everything in our power support to those affected by its cancellation.”

In a letter forwarded to Cllr McKellar by the office of Tom Pursglove, Centrebus advised that without subsidy funding it “...would not be able to collect enough revenue on the remaining journeys to cover our costs.”

Cllr McKellar added: “Low user figures do mean that we have a mountain to climb to save the service if the subsidy is not maintained.

“It is therefore important that we also have a plan B.

“Kevin Watt has been liaising with the county council around alternative tender arrangements, Bridget Watts is looking into third party solutions from the private sector, and I have been exploring voluntary sector options.

“Our preference of course is to save the Number 67, but whatever happens we will support local residents in keeping our villages mobile.”

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