A new Lincoln bus service has been officially launched for Lincoln residents and businesses in the Doddington Park area.
The route has been servicing the area since November 2012 and was officially launched on Tuesday by Stagecoach and Lincolnshire County Council through Access LN6, a £6.5 million programme to improve sustainable transport in the LN6 area.
The 44A, which travels along Doddington Road, through Doddington Business Park and to Teal Park, is aimed at employees working in local business parks, which were not previously served by public transport.
The service will also be of use to residents travelling to Birchwood Shopping Centre and into Lincoln city centre with buses every 10 minutes.
Statistics provided by Stagecoach show increased usage of the 44a bus since its start in November. On average in the Teal Park area 50 people used the service daily in November, in comparison with an estimated 80 daily users currently.
Businesses on Sadler Road and Kingsley Road have used the new bus service, which provides a service every 20 minutes to Doddington Business Park and Teal Park.
Andrew Harrison, Controls Engineer at Siemens, said: “Having used the service for around 10 weeks now I have found it to be a convenient and cost-effective way of getting to work at Teal Park, and appreciate the effort by all those people behind the scenes for making it a success.”
Gary Nolan, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We thought that the link to Teal Park would prove popular and this has certainly been the case. Working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council has produced great results for both customers and the environment.”
Cllr William Webb, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Initial consultation for the Access LN6 programme highlighted that an extended bus service into the Doddington Business Park would greatly benefit people working at the local businesses. It’s great that Stagecoach and ourselves have been able to work together to provide this much-needed service. It’s even better to see the bus being used and more people travelling sustainably in the area.”