Berwick bus cuts to be discussed at council meeting

Borders Buses is to give a presentation on planned changes to the Berwick service later this month.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 06:35
Borders Buses.

The company will attend the North Northumberland Local Area Council meeting of Northumberland County Council on Thursday, November 23.

The meeting is at the Jubilee Club, Highcliffe, Spittal, with the planning part of the meeting from 3pm and the main meeting at 6pm.

Borders Buses has come under fire from local residents over its plans, which include axeing evening services to Newfields, Spittal and Highcliffe.

It means the last journey to serve those areas will be the 5.27pm from Ramparts Business Park.

The B3 service is also being withdrawn and parts of the area will be served by an enhanced Berwick Hoppa, service 67 and 267.

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Borders Buses says the changes are being made due to low passenger numbers which mean the services are not commercially viable.

Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East, has called on Northumberland County Council to intervene.

She has also called for the Borders Buses changes, due to be implemented on November 27, to be delayed.

She said: “Northumberland County Council need to come up with a solution – it is simply not acceptable that residents of Spittal (an area which includes a lot of elderly people and those on low incomes who already feel isolated and excluded) are going to be without an evening bus service.”