Bus service fears during late Christmas event dates

One of the festive attractions in the Hildreds Centre.

One of the festive attractions in the Hildreds Centre.

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Concerns have been raised about the lack of late night bus services this festive season.

Residents living outside of Skegness fear they may miss some of the town’s Christmas events as a result.

The last service to Chapel St Leonards leaves at 7.15pm, meaning residents will have to arrange alternative transport if they wish to enjoy the switch-on event on November 29, which finishes at 9pm, and all the other evening events lined up for November and December, which mainly finish at 8pm.

Hildreds Shopping Centre’s deputy manager, Steve Andrews, who is heavily behind the organisation and creation of this year’s festive theme, says he has taken these concerns on board and understands the issues surrounding transport to and from Skegness during the winter season.

Steve added that he had spoken with Coun Jim Carpenter, who has been speaking with Stagecoach about the problem of later services not running, but believes ‘little can be done now’ so close to the switch on.

But he has been in talks with local and private taxi and hire companies to see if this could be an alternative.

And discussions have also been held about the possibility of a private hire bus picking up people and bringing them into town for 6.30pm then leaving again at around 9pm.

No service has yet been confirmed.