Fury over Kirkby bus route changes

Residents of Mayfield Street Kirkby are angry over proposals to cut a bus service Also pictured with Residents id Counc Rachel Madden .
Residents of Mayfield Street Kirkby are angry over proposals to cut a bus service Also pictured with Residents id Counc Rachel Madden .

KIRKBY bus users say they will be cut off from vital services and jobs if Trent Barton go ahead with proposed route changes.

Folk living in the Church Hill area say they would lose their direct link to Alfreton and claim travel to Sutton town centre and King’s Mill Hospital would be more difficult if proposed changes to the Nines and 90 services take place. Mayfield Street campaigner Ray Tearall said furious residents had made their feelings clear to the bus company about the changes - and he hoped people power would have its effect.

He said: “They are acting without considering the effect this is going to have on us.

“We have got to do everything we can so Trent Barton know we oppose these changes.”

“We have just had a new bus stop installed and now they are taking away our buses - what a waste of money.”

Residents say the changes would mean a journey to King’s Mill Hospital would take an hour - a 25-minute increase on the current journey time.

Kirkby councillor Rachael Madden said the impact the move would have on residents should not be underestimated.

“In this case the bus cuts would have a massive impact on the lives of residents,” she said. “There is going to be a knock-on effect for the businesses in Sutton and Kirkby town centres because more people would be struggling to get there.”

And 84-year-old Mayfield Street resident Walter Nazar said pensioners were not being considered.

“There are a lot of older people living in this area - they are going to really struggle if they cannot get a bus.”

Changes proposed include:

l 9.3 bus would no longer run via Kirkby Cross between Sutton and Alfreton, and the route would be combined with the 9.1 and 9.2 services.

l The Rainbow 3 bus will run between Sutton and Kirkby Cross every 30 minutes.

l The 90 bus route would be renamed the 9.4 and altered to include a stop at the East Midlands Designer Outlet.

A spokesman for Trent Barton said they are consulting with customers about the changes and no commitments had been made.

“What our customers think about these changes is very important to us, and we’ll review all the comments we receive,” said the spokesman.

l If anyone would like to comment on the proposals, contact 0808 1001144, or email haveyoursay@trentbarton.co.uk.