Council leaders meet with Trentbarton to discuss at-risk bus service serving Mansfield and Ashfield

The search to find alternative options to the popular 141 bus route which faces the axe has seen Nottinghamshire Council leaders meet with Trentbarton’s management team.

By Shelley Marriott
Tuesday, 12th July 2022, 9:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th July 2022, 5:37 pm

Coun Neil Clarke, cabinet member for transport and environment at Nottinghamshire Council, met with the transport operator to try and find a solution.

The 141 service, which runs between between Sutton and Nottingham, via Skegby, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield, Rainworth, Blidworth and Ravenshead, is currently supported by a subsidy from the county council of £35,000 a year.

During the pandemic and into this year the Government have supported bus companies so that routes can continue to operate through the Bus Recovery Grant.

The 141 service runs between between Sutton and Nottingham, via Skegby, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield, Rainworth, Blidworth and Ravenshead

However, this subsidy funding, which is in addition to the £35,000 from the county council, is coming to an end in September and Trentbarton have taken a commercial decision to no longer operate this route, as passenger levels have not recovered to a commercially sustainable level.

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Coun Clarke said: “I organised and chaired a meeting with senior Trentbarton representatives and local county and district councillors to discuss the 141 service.

"The meeting was very constructive and while we recognise the commercial decision taken to stop the service, we also know how important this bus route is.

"That’s why we are progressing with work to explore other options to provide sustainable bus services in this area.”

Coun Jason Zadrozny, Ashfield Council leader, has also approached the boss of Stagecoach, CEO Martin Griffiths, to ask him if they would consider taking over the stricken route.