Local Villages Show Support for Community Bus Initiative

On Thursday 14th April, Buckminster Village Hall was the host venue for a Community Bus Partnership progress meeting. The Community Bus Partnership initiative was established eighteen months ago to support the 55/56 bus routes that run through the villages between Melton Mowbray and Grantham six days a week; connecting rural communities with shopping, education and work.

The Partnership has been working to increase awareness and use of the services, and attendees at the event were told about everything that has seen put in place and the successes that had been achieved. Views were also elicited from the audiences to what more could be done to increase passenger numbers. Members of the Partnership renamed the 55/56 bus as “The Little Orange Viking”; a name linked to the historic Viking Way footpath that runs along the bus route.

Buckminster Managing Director Stephen Vickers, who Chairs the Partnership, was delighted to see such a strong turn-out of bus users, local communities and district councillors. “It is essential that services such as the 55/56 continue to run through the smaller and more isolated villages in our area, and the turnout for the meeting reflects how passionately this view is held. The Community Bus Partnership shows what can be done when the community, the Local Authority and the Bus Operator work together, but we all know that more still needs to be done. Leicestershire County Council and Centrebus have been hugely supportive but ultimately it is the people who live along the bus routes that we most need to get involved”.

To celebrate the bus route relaunch, a cake modelled on the bus was cut and a photo-opportunity was seized when an in-service bus passed the Village Hall.