A bus company is extending its route to reach villages that could otherwise have been left without any bus service.

Marshalls, of Sutton-on-Trent, is extending its 91 bus service between Newark and Bingham to cover Whatton, Aslockton and Orston, from July 24.

Trent Barton is axing the Rushcliffe Villager V2 service that serves those villages, and others, including Cropwell Bishop and Cotgrave, from July 23.

The service is subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council, but Trent Barton said it was loss-making and no longer sustainable.

Marshalls will not run an hourly service like Trent Barton but will pick up from the villages three times a day, Monday to Saturday.

The service will leave Orston at 9.22am, 11.22am and 1.22pm, calling at Aslockton and Whatton on the way and reaching Bingham Market Place 13 minutes later.

Journeys will leave Bingham at 7.28am, 10.39am, 12.39pm and 2.39pm calling at Whatton, Aslockton and Orston.

'We don’t like to see anyone stranded if we can help it'

The 91 service has also been extended to call at Wychwood Road, Bingham, three times a day each way from July 24.

Services to Newark will call at Wychwood Road at 9.40am, 11.40am and 1.40pm and services to Bingham Market Place and the villages will call at 10.34am, 12.34pm and 2.34pm.

The Rushcliffe Villager V1 service will no longer stop on Wychwood Road or Carnarvon Place and will instead travel along Nottingham Road.

Mr Kenneth Tagg, of Marshalls, said: “There are plenty of people who use those links, particularly the elderly, to get into the town centre to do their shopping.

“We don’t even mind if people use it to get to Bingham and then catch a Trent Barton service into Nottingham.

“We don’t like to see anyone stranded if we can help it.”