Passengers urged to use Wellibus service

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Passengers of a door-to-door bus service have been warned to “use it or lose it” as one of its routes is running at a loss.

More people need to use the village services operated by the Wellibus in order for it to continue running.

While the amount of passengers using the Wellingborough town services remains strong, more passengers are needed from the surrounding villages in order for the rural route to survive.

Denise Taylor, centre manager at Shire Community Services, which runs the Wellibus, said it was now a case of “using the village service or losing it”.

She said: “We go out to the villages a couple of times a week.

“We recognise people need this service, but we are running at a loss and we can’t sustain that so we need more people to use the service. We are very committed to the Wellibus service, but we really need people to use it or it could be at risk.”

The Wellibus scheme has 2,085 members and the four buses average a total of 100 journeys a day.

Shire Community Services also runs a shopmobility service and a car service, which takes people to an average of 50 medical appointments a day. Between April 1 and Friday, October 19, a total of 22,945 trips were made by both the Wellibus service and the car service.

For the shopmobility or car service call 01933 272735 or for the Wellibus call 01933 223636.