Council urges residents to check new bus timetables

Council urges residents to check new bus timetables

Council urges residents to check new bus timetables

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS of Wyre Forest are being urged to check bus timetables ahead of a number of changes set to take place from September 1.

Earlier this year Worcestershire county councillors voted at a cabinet meeting to scrap a number of bus services in the area, following a review of subsidised bus routes, in a bid to save £3 million.

The review means that 73 services currently subsidised in the county will continue, 14 of which will run on a commercial basis.

The council said buses linking schools, rural areas, health services and providing links to shopping areas would largely remain in place but with changes to routes and the frequency levels.

In addition to the alterations to subsidised buses, a number of commercial services are also being altered so all bus users are being advised to check ahead of the changes.

The 192 Stourport to Kidderminster and Halesowen bus is being altered to cover some of the areas affected by the axing of the 197, which is currently used by elderly residents in the villages of Blakedown, Clent and Hagley.

County councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “The county council needs to save around £25 million each year until 2017/18 due to funding reductions.

“We listened to the views of everyone that got in touch during the consultation and took a considered approach when it came to taking this difficult decision.

“The final outcome means the vast majority of passengers are still able to access public transport, whether that be subsidised or commercially operated, while at the same time realising a £1.4 million-a-year saving for the taxpayer.”

To check the new bus timetables in Wyre Forest visit worcestershire.gov.uk/bustimetables.

Assistance on planning journeys by bus around the county can be found by visiting traveline.info or by calling Traveline on 0871 2002233.

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9:37am Mon 25 Aug 14

Poppasmurf says...

Why is this Travel Line using an 0871 premium rate telephone number, when all government advice is to use the 03 range of numbers, which are included in all pre-paid and inclusive phone packages. Please use the SayNoTo0870 website to find an alternate number for this and other premium rate rip-off numbers.
Why is this Travel Line using an 0871 premium rate telephone number, when all government advice is to use the 03 range of numbers, which are included in all pre-paid and inclusive phone packages. Please use the SayNoTo0870 website to find an alternate number for this and other premium rate rip-off numbers. Poppasmurf
  • Score: 4

11:33am Mon 25 Aug 14

Wagtail59 says...

So no direct bus link from Stourport to Bewdley. I know how Robinson Crusoe must have felt.
So no direct bus link from Stourport to Bewdley. I know how Robinson Crusoe must have felt. Wagtail59
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DavideM says...

Stourport to Bewdley Service is vastly IMPROVED! See Whittles services 2A/2C and 15.
Stourport to Bewdley Service is vastly IMPROVED! See Whittles services 2A/2C and 15. DavideM
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Wagtail59 says...

Apologies, seems as though a half hourly service is being offered which is a vast improvement. The WCC website header (re timetable changes) for this service does not appear to mention Stourport. Thank you DavideM for the information.
Apologies, seems as though a half hourly service is being offered which is a vast improvement. The WCC website header (re timetable changes) for this service does not appear to mention Stourport. Thank you DavideM for the information. Wagtail59
  • Score: 3

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