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Elsea Park shuttle bus in Bourne to be offered on a trial basis

A shuttle bus service is to be offered on four-week trial basis within a development.

The Elsea Park Community Trust want to set up the trial for a six-seater ‘people carrier’ to link various locations in Elsea Park in Bourne such as the Co-op, Bluebell Way for Tesco, the primary school and the community centre.

It was first discussed in October 2009 when the community trust were quoted £285 per day for a two-week trial.

The Centre at Elsea Park is one of the places that would be served by the shuttle bus
The Centre at Elsea Park is one of the places that would be served by the shuttle bus

Residents voted against the proposal at the time on the basis of both the cost and concerns about low usage.

However, with no chance of a bus service along Raymond Mays Way, the idea has been revisited.

In a newsletter distributed to residents, vice chairman of the Elsea Park Community Trust, Michael Maren, said: “We appreciate that there are some residents who might really benefit from some form of service and it is planned that within the next couple of months, we’ll run a mini ‘Call Connect-type’ service for four weeks within the development.

“It will help us gather some initial data on how such a service might be used and indeed if it is viable.”

The six-seater wheelchair-friendly vehicle would operate Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and be open to Elsea Park residents who would need to call a dedicated number to use the

They would be picked up from any Elsea Park address or easily identifiable location within the development.

The funding for the trial has come from ring-fenced green transport money from Kier Living and Allison Homes as part of the money developers must provide when building homes.

Community trust manager of the Elsea Park Community Trust, Barry Cook, said talks with an operator were still ongoing.

He added: “We haven’t got any dates of when it will start.”

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