Bid to save bus services is launched

Hundreds of local residents have signed a petition launched in opposition to planned bus cuts in Berwick.

Friday, 17th November 2017, 6:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:21 am
A protest against bus cuts in Berwick.

The petition was created by Highcliffe resident Jeanette Beresford who intends to hand it over to Borders Buses next Thursday.

“I want as many names as possible on that petition,” said Jeanette, a former town councillor. “We need to let Borders Buses know that the cuts to the service are not acceptable.”

Borders Buses’ plans, due to be implented from November 27, include axing 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The B3 service is also being withdrawn, with parts of the area it covered to be served by an enhanced Berwick hoppa, service 67 and 267.

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The company says the changes are being made due to low passenger numbers, which mean the services are not commercially viable.

It will make a presentation at a Northumberland County Council meeting in the Jubilee Club next Thursday at 6pm.

“We know there are not loads of people using the buses in the evening but the cuts are going too far,” said Mrs Beresford. “People working late or going out for the evening won’t be able to get the bus home.”