■ The proposed routes are awaiting final approval from the Traffic Commissioner and the hope is the services will launch in the next few weeks.
■ In addition to this, Conservative-run North Lincs Council has recently agreed to continue funding the pensioner bus pass on services before 9.30am.
Isle Cllr Tim Mitchell explains, “Running bus services in rural areas such as ours is very challenging due to low user numbers, something which has been made worse since Covid. Those that do operate usually require a subsidy from the Council. Dave, Andrew and I recently stepped in to work with the Council to secure current Isle services when they were threatened with removal.”
Andrew adds, "However, it became clear to us that the action we took on the Isle to save services was not going to be enough, as we have seen other losses elsewhere. The Isle and the Wold villages have been a particular concern.
I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to provide and fund new community services that will connect the Isle and another service for the Wold Villages. We will share the full timetables once the Transport Commissioner has signed off on the routes. They will run on a trial basis so it will very much be a case of use it or lose it.”