Following successful discussions with Stockton Council, a not-for-profit company is to trial a new bus service between Port Clarence and Billingham Town Centre.
Know How North East has agreed to trial the Monday to Saturday service between the Know How hub in Port Clarence to Billingham Town Centre and Northfield School, from Monday to Saturday.
Stockton Council has been in discussions with Know How since a commercial service was withdrawn from a similar route earlier this month.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “This is fantastic news for residents of Port Clarence who rely on public transport services but the most important thing of all is that people support the service by using it as often as they can.
“There is no fare – anyone wishing to use the service just needs to register at the Know How hub and fill in a questionnaire. The information provided will help Know How gather information about the most popular days and times for the service.
“The huge financial challenge the Council continues to face meant that in 2014, we reluctantly had to make the difficult decision to withdraw the subsidy we pay bus operators, which helps to sustain some rural, weekend and non-commercial routes.
“But we were clear at the time that we would work with the voluntary and community sector to find new transport solutions where commercial operators decided to withdraw services.
“We know how much our communities value transport links and we are delighted that Know How are able to provide this transport link which makes it convenient for residents to access local amenities and after school activities.”
The service is available now and will run on a trial basis until 31 March 2015.