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Bus reregulation plans thwarted

by David Woodard on 4 November, 2015

The Quality Contract Scheme board has dismissed a proposal from Nexus, which manages public transport in Tyne and Wear, to reregulate bus services. The board decided that the planned change “does not provide value for money”, while imposing “disproportionate adverse effects on operators”. However, Tyne and Wear’s attempt was made under pre-devolution legislation. New devolution […]

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Julie Pörksen welcomes travel help announcement

by David Woodard on 19 September, 2014

Julie, a local Liberal Democrat campaigner, has welcomed the launch of the party’s pre-manifesto, which sets out the vision for Britain in the next Parliament. The policies in the pre-manifesto, which has spreading opportunity for the next generation at its heart, will be debated and voted on by members at the upcoming Liberal Democrats’ Party […]

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Concessionary travel – Renewing your local bus pass

by David Woodard on 29 March, 2013

Eligible older people, and those of any age with a disability, and resident in England, can obtain a bus pass to enjoy free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England. In Northumberland the scheme is operated by Northumberland County Council. A large number of passes will expire on 31st March 2013, this date being five […]

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Arriva reduced a half hourly 518 service for the above villages in September and replaced it with an hourly X18 service. They withdrew the popular and reliable service from Widdrington Station. The replacement hourly X18 which starts from Alnwick, Belford or Berwick, understandably in winter conditions, is proving far less punctual over such a long […]

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From next Monday the X18 service bus which currently leaves Alnwick at  6.47am for Newcastle will leave 10 minutes earlier at 6.37am. This will improve the connection with a train at Alnmouth, and allow extra running-time into Newcastle to arrive Haymarket bus station at 8.51am. This bus will run 10 minutes earlier on the route to Morpeth and leave Morpeth 5 minutes earlier than the […]

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Route and timetable changes introduced a few weeks ago on 16 September have resulted in an unprecedented number of complaints from the public. I have been channeling those complaints through officers at County Hall. Yesterday Arriva responded to some of those complaints and officers were advised of timetable changes  Changes to several commercial services operated by […]

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I previously posted information (see the ‘buses’ category link) about Arriva’s proposal to reduce the 518 service for users in Widdrington Station, Ulgham, Longhirst and Pegswood. Now the effect of the withdrawal of the previous half hourly 518 service and the introduction of an hourly X18 service is being experienced by users.  For a number of reasons, all […]

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Following my website entries on 2 and 31 July I can give an update from a Pegswood Division perspective on the proposed withdrawal of the above bus service on 18 September. Pegswood residents have been busy with a petition and copies of this have been lodged with the Parish Council at the Uniun Building in Pegswood ready to go off to […]

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In my website article on 2 July I referred to the possible removal by Arriva of the 518 service between Widdrington Station and Newcastle. A week later at the county council’s north area committee on 9 July Arriva’s representatives said their routes in Northumberland were still under review. They gave no details of service changes. […]

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Northumberland’s North Area Committee meet at 6pm on Monday 9th July at the Pavilion in Bamburgh. At that meeting representatives from Arriva will present details of  the route and timetable changes they are proposing for their commercial bus services. As a member of the County Council’s Bus Service Working Group I have already had advance information […]

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