New lAte buses to cin­emA

Res­i­dents can get di­rectly to and from the Show­case past 10pm

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

New late evening bus ser­vices to Show­case Cin­ema will be­gin run­ning from the first Mon­day in Oc­to­ber. A £100,000 in­vest­ment from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will en­able Stage­coach to run buses di­rect from the Show­case i n Boon­gate back to Queens­gate Bus Sta­tion from 10.47pm.

Cur­rently, the last di­rect bus from the cin­ema to the bus sta­tion leaves at 1.50pm.

The­last bus­go­ingfromthe bus sta­tion to the Show­case will be at 10.30pm.

The­new­timetablewil­lalso see later jour­neys to the city cen­tre for some res­i­dents.

The money was agreed in the coun­cil’s 2016/17 bud­get after lob­by­ing from Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lors.

A cross- party work­ing group of coun­cil­lors has since been re­view­ing the bus ser­vices the­coun­cil cur­rently sub­sidises.

Lib Dem group leader on the coun­cil, Cllr Nick Sand­ford, said: “It was the Lib­eral Democrats who were re­ally push­ing this.

“We give credit to [cabi­net mem­ber] Cllr David Seaton. We­made­the­case­and­he­made the fund­ing avail­able.”

Cllr Sand­ford said resi dents he rep­re­sents i n Gun­thorpe had been com­plain­ing that they could not get to the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre and that ser­vices to Fen­gate needed im­prov­ing.

Both of these routes will now see im­proved ser­vices.

In 2013, the coun­cil agreed to a £500,000 cut­back to sub­sidised bus ser­vices in and around the city.

Cllr Irene Walsh, the coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber­for­com­mu­ni­ties and en­vi­ron­ment cap­i­tal, said: “The ex­tra money for bus ser­vices was one of a num­ber of in­vest­ments we made this year to im­prove ser­vices for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

“We asked a cross-party work­ing group of coun­cil­lors to re­view the ser­vices we cur­rently sub­sidise and­howthey could be im­proved. The new ser­vices are the re­sult of their rec­om­men­da­tions.

“They will al­low peo­ple to spend more time in our city cen­tre which is great news­for shops and res­tau­rants.

“They will also give peo­ple bet­ter ac­cess to at­trac­tions such as the cin­ema and grey­hound sta­dium in Fen­gate in the evenings and for work­ers in this area.

“These routes would be com­mer­cially un­vi­able for a bus op­er­a­tor so I am pleased that we are able to sub­sidise them to en­sure that res­i­dents have even bet­ter ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.”

Full de­tails of the routes will bean­nouncedinthe­com­ing weeks by Stage­coach.

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