Redcar and Cleveland Council have proposed a public bus service that will operate on a circular route three evenings a week and on a Sunday. The route presented to councillors will link Redcar, Guisborough, Marske, Saltburn and East Cleveland and is designed to prevent evening bus passengers being stranded by Lib Dem-Conservative government cuts. Current evening and weekend services operated by Arriva receive heavy subsidy from Redcar and Cleveland Council.
The council operated scheme has been backed by some opposition Lib Dem, Conservative and independent councillors, who backed cuts to numerous council subsidised Arriva bus services at a council scrutiny meeting. Labour councillors have backed the plans for a new council bus service but many of them have expressed concern over the extent of government enforced cuts to local bus routes and the coverage of the new council service.
Marske Labour and Co-operative Councillor Sean Pryce is not happy with some of the proposed changes to buses services: “It’s over a mile from the top of Marske down into the village, Arriva need competition but we also need regular evening bus services. A regular council service operating on the 789 route into Marske estate needs to happen if Arriva pulls out of providing this route when council subsidy ends due to government cuts”.
Another Labour and Co-operative Councillor, Tristan Learoyd, requested an 11th hour review into the effects of government cuts on bus services before July’s council cabinet meeting. “I always use public transport, and services are getting busier due to driving a car becoming so expensive, but people need regular services. The council operated borough bus concept is the right one but we need to have our services running every night – not four nights a week – if we are going to break Arriva’s unhealthy monopoly of local bus services, help residents get around the borough, and maintain our local party’s environmental agenda”, Cllr Learoyd told Coastal View.
The council are now investigating how a council operated borough bus service can tie in with other bus companies in Redcar and Cleveland to keep residents on the move.
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On the new Boroughbus service the Cabinet received several representations, not least from the MP Tom Blenkinsop. As a result of these representations and a petition presented to me by Cllr. Mrs. Denise Bunn a Guisborough councillor, the Cabinet amended the recommendations, ie to extend the Boroughbus service from 3 days to 6 days.
Cllr. George R. Dunning Leader Redcar & Cleveland Council.