Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire residents 'feel trapped' by bus cuts

The withdrawal of a bus service for the winter on the Lincolnshire coast has left some people feeling "trapped", said one resident.

The Stagecoach evening service which links coastal towns and villages to Skegness has been pulled for the winter due to budget constraints.

Ingoldmells resident Dawn Watson, who does not have a car, said she felt trapped in her home during the winter.

Stagecoach said it cancelled the service after funding was cut.

In a statement, the company said there was not sufficient demand to warrant the commercial operation of the service during the winter.

Stagecoach had previously received a subsidy from Lincolnshire County Council.

'Left behind'

Ms Watson, who has three children, said: "This week I wanted to take the children to see the live reindeer in Skegness but I will have to rush back to make sure I get the last bus [at 20:00 GMT] as we can't afford the taxi fares."

Ms Watson added the family had sold their car earlier in the year as it was too expensive to run and they could rely on public transport.

"There are a lot of low income families around here and a lot of people feel trapped in their homes in the winter. We feel as if we have been left behind," she said.

In a statement, Lincolnshire County Council's head of transportation Chris Briggs said: "We have had to manage a budget shortfall of £125m over the next four years.

"Unfortunately this has led to a reduction in the annual bus subsidy budget from £5m to £4m, which has meant we cannot subsidise as many services. We have been working with operators to try and keep the most popular services, for example that people may use to travel to work."

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