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Buses out of Strait Bargate?

Boston Borough Council's Cabinet has agreed to organise a meeting with Brylaine Travel and Lincolnshire County Council to discuss rerouting the Into Town bus to avoid pedestrianised Strait Bargate.

The recommendation for the meeting was made by BTAC - Boston Town Area Committee - which had discussions with Mr Malcolm Wheatley, Brylaine's Operations Director.

The service is well used with 35,000 passengers a month and three buses running from 8am to 5.30pm

Mr Wheatley suggested to BTAC that a bus stop at Fish Hill would enable the buses to turn and enter and leave the Market Place without going along Strait Bargate. On the other side of town the buses could u-turn in Wide Bargate.

Cllr Paul Skinner suggested that further discussion should also include cycle routes through the town centre.

Council Leader, Cllr Michael Cooper said it presented an opportunity for discussion about associated matters contained in the Boston Transport Strategy and the possibility, for reasons of economic sense, to draw some projects forward to be completed at the same time. He said the strategy should not delay rerouting of the Into Town service.

Cllr Michael Brookes added that the strategy referred to upgrading the bus station or a new town centre public transport hub and this could be3 addressed "as a whole, rather than piecemeal".