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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Future of bus services secured

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bus services will be maintained in Port Clarence where there had been concerns that routes would be withdrawn.

Residents have been worried that the services would cease when the Council’s £300,000 bus subsidy stopped at the end of March 2014.

However, following successful discussions with Stockton Council, Leven Valley Coaches Ltd has agreed to run an hourly service from Port Clarence to Billingham Town Centre, continuing to Wolviston.

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith said: “This is excellent news and a welcome relief to residents who rely on bus services.

“The massive financial challenge the Council is continuing to face meant we had to make the incredibly difficult decision to withdraw the £300,000 subsidy we pay to bus operators to help sustain some rural, weekend and non-commercial routes.

“I’m delighted that Leven Valley Coaches Ltd has worked with us in such a positive way which has meant our communities continue to have access to bus services.

“This solution has been found as a result of strong partnership working between cabinet members, ward councillors, council officers and the bus operators. We know how important it is for our residents to be able to access transport options which enable them to travel around the Borough and further afield so it is fantastic that we have been able to work together in this way to reach a conclusion which is in their best interests.”

Leven Valley Coaches Ltd has also agreed to run:

An hourly service from the Albany Estate to Stockton Town Centre, then onto Teesdale and Teesside Park and a similar service from Hartburn.

A service to Stillington, serving both Bishopton Avenue and Carlton. The new service will provide access to North Tees Hospital and Summerville Farm.

The new services will start running from today (31 March).

In January Arriva also confirmed that it was going to include Hartburn in a re-route of its Number 6 bus service between Stillington and Stockton Town Centre, following successful discussions with Stockton Council. The Council is continuing to work with Town and Parish Councils as well as the voluntary and community sector to explore transport solutions in those areas that are not served.