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Tesco bus to continue in Wisbech

Tesco bus to continue in Wisbech

Published by KLFM
2:35pm 26th March 2020.

A vital bus service, which gets people to the supermarket in Wisbech can continue for another year.

The 68 Tesco bus had been due to stop running at the end of the month, but has proved so popular, the council's keeping it going.

A revised service will launch on Monday, 6 April, when the Wisbech Retail Park will also be added to the bus route, providing passengers with better access to more shops, including Poundworld, Iceland, Sports Direct, B&M, Cancer Research and the new Costa Coffee.

The Wisbech Tesco Bus: Service 68 is currently supported by Section 106 Developer Funding from the development of the Tesco site on Cromwell Road. This funding was initially provided in 2015 to deliver transport to the site and support a service for up to three years, but the success and adaptation of the services means it can continue for longer

Local community transport provider FACT operates the service, which was designed through Fenland District Council's Wisbech Bus Service Project, and was introduced following the withdrawal of the Tesco 66 service by Stagecoach in 2016.

Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: 

"The continuation of this service will ensure that the positive effect it has on our local economy will continue to be felt.

"The role the service plays in our community can also not be understated. Providing improved accessibility to residents, in particular the older members of our community, can offer substantial benefits to their quality of life and individual wellbeing."

The new timetable can be viewed online.

When KLFM asked if the service would be affected by the current coronavirus situation, a spokesperson from the council said:

"There are currently no delays to the introduction of these service changes and Service 68 remains unaffected by protocols relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"For many individuals the Service 68 bus to Tesco provides essential transport that enables them to shop for basic necessities, such as food and medicine. At this time it is important that we endeavor to maintain this service until advised otherwise. 

"Should the situation change and affect the service at a later date we will share notifications through social media and on the FACT website: www.fact-cambs.co.uk"