Taxibus trial is liked but more support needed
A taxibus service introduced following the withdrawal of Borders Buses from parts of Berwick has had encouraging usage.
Woody’s Taxis is half-way through a four-month trial on an evening taxibus service in the Highcliffe and Spittal areas of the town.
Paul Jones, director of local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The feedback so far has been that it’s being fairly well used.
“They are getting an average of 18 passengers per evening and they are receiving a lot of positive feedback from users.
“That isn’t sufficient to commercially operate a service of that nature but those two months are generally the worst because of dark nights and bad weather.
“They are, and we are, hoping that will pick up as the light nights come along.
“Funding runs out at the end of May but the expectation is that we will continue to have that dialogue with the operator and they are confident they will be able to do something.”
Highcliffe resident Jeanette Beresford, who organised a 600-name petition calling for a bus service, thanked the council for its role in getting the trial up and running.
A call was also been made for the planned resurfacing of Spittal Hall Road to be brought forward because of the number of potholes. The request was made by Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East. The speed bumps are due to be removed as part of the resurfacing project which is scheduled for the new financial year.
Coun Hill asked if speed bumps on Billendean Road could be removed at the same time as the Spittal Hall Road work is done to save costs but was told it would require public consultation.