A PENSIONER is taking his battle to restore bus services to a Wigan housing estate to the town’s MP.
John Lees, who lives on Sherwood Drive in Worsley Hall, will meet Wigan MP Lisa Nandy after he claims residents were left unable to travel into the town or go to health appointments after responsibility for the Wigan circular bus routes changed from First Bus Group to South Lancs Travel.
Whereas the First 664 and 665 routes travelled up Sherwood Drive, the South Lancs Travel services simply drive along Ormskirk Road, which left elderly residents having to walk to the main road to get on the bus.
Mr Lees, 86, has also started a petition to reinstate the buses travelling up Sherwood Drive, and says many residents simply cannot get to the bus stops on the main road. He said: “The old services were taken off without proper prior warning, depriving us of getting to the shops in Pemberton and Wigan Infirmary from Monday to Friday.
“My wife is in a wheelchair and I find it hard taking her out.
“This service was a godsend to me and people like me.
“It’s not just the elderly either, I spoke to the owner of a clinic and he said he relies on the bus to get to work when his car is in for service and now it’s not there.
“I can’t see why some help cannot be given by the powers that be.
“I will be meeting Lisa Nandy and I am hoping she will give us a good backing for our campaign.
“I am determined for this not to be forgotten about, I want to keep going because this service really is needed.”
Mr Lees and his fellow protesters, who have already obtained hundreds of petition signatures, say the health centre on Sherwood Drive has also been affected, with many appointments for elderly patients having to be cancelled as they could not attend.
Shops in Pemberton and residents on City Road are also backing his campaign.
His petition, which will be delivered to the town hall, can be signed at Greenhalgh’s on Ormskirk Road.