Grantham Journal letter: A day on the buses for nothing
On Tuesday I had to get my wife over to county hospital for a dinner time appointment, so deciding what buses we needed, off we went to catch the 9.15am from Alma Park for the 10am service to Lincoln.
Ten past nine we got to the bus stop with a big queue of people waiting just as the bus arrived. We got on to a full bus with the driver informing everyone this was the quarter to nine bus that was running late, partly due to the 8.15 not turning up, so he was actually three buses in one. We caught the bus to Lincoln with no trouble after a little wait.
On arrival at Lincoln city bus station we had an hour to kill, so we had a cup of tea to let the wife recover. Lincolnshire roads on a bus are not the best treatment for a crushed back.
We checked what buses and times were up to the hospital and found out there are four buses an hour going to and past the hospital, plus a couple of others at certain times.
We got in to see the consultant who said we needed to take a machine home with us. The consultant holds a clinic at Grantham most weeks so it was decided take the machine home and take it back to Grantham next week when he’s there. So then he did a blood test and stated he wanted an early test in the morning – when we say public transport doesn’t allow us to do that at Lincoln he wanted to know why. We then had to explain about how the buses run and that nobody in Grantham can use public transport and get to Lincoln before dinner so he decided that’s all he can do for now.
So we had a day using six buses travelling all morning and most of the afternoon basically for nothing, just because Lincolnshire health trust and Lincolnshire County Council don’t want anything to do with Grantham. They’re determined to shut Grantham Hospital, the council is trying to get rid of buses, cutback to services announced. All they want is somewhere to build thousands of houses to bring in more cash for their over inflated salaries then turn their backs on us in Grantham.