Chiefs seek views on line

DERBYSHIRE County Council has launched a consultation on plans to stop funding a Sunday rail service in NE Derbyshire.

The Robin Hood Line runs between Worksop and Nottingham, and along with Nottinghamshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council funds a Sunday train service which stops off at a number of stations including Whitwell, Creswell, Langwith and Shirebrook.

Following a two-year trial, Nottinghamshire County Council is funding a reduced Sunday service between Mansfield Woodhouse and Nottingham.

This means that from May 22, there will be no Sunday train service between Mansfield Woodhouse and Worksop.

Instead passengers can use a replacement bus service provided by Derbyshire County Council which is to consider whether or not to fund a Sunday train service in the future.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We would welcome the public’s views before we make a decision on the future of the Robin Hood Line Sunday service in Derbyshire.”

Monday to Saturday services on the Robin Hood Line will not be affected by the plans.

To take part in the consultation, send views to Robin Hood Line, Kevin Williams, Derbyshire County Council, Environmental Services, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG. The closing date is Friday, May 13.

Bus RH1 will run between Worksop and Mansfield Woodhouse on Sundays calling at each of the affected rail stations and connecting with trains stopping at Mansfield Woodhouse. Buses will run from Worksop at 9.38am, 11.15am, 3.15pm and 6.30pm and from Mansfield Woodhouse at 8.50am, 10.25am, 2.15pm and 5.40pm. For full timetable details, log on to Derbyshire County Council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk.

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