Village community bus scheme hailed a success

The Northern Echo: Darlington mayor Charles Johnson cuts the ribbon on the community Our Bus service for rural areas Darlington mayor Charles Johnson cuts the ribbon on the community Our Bus service for rural areas

A COMMUNITY bus launched to provide transport to residents in rural areas surrounding Darlington has proved a huge success, with hundreds using the service each month.

The Our Bus service, operated by Scarlet Band, runs three times a week, connecting villages - including Bishopton, Sadberge, Great Stainton, Hurworth and Neasham - with Darlington town centre and the Asda supermarket.

Since launched in September, hundreds of journeys have been completed, raising hopes that the pot of funding used to keep it running may stretch for another two years.

The green Our Bus, which operates as the number 20, is licensed to pick up passengers at any bus stop on its route into Darlington town centre, boosting the number of people who use the service.

The community bus was founded after local councillors and residents fought to provide transport for people left isolated by the withdrawal of commercial services, following council cuts to subsidies.

Councillor Brian Jones, ward member for Sadberge, who was one of the campaigners behind the service, said Our Bus was proving very popular with residents.

He said: “The number of passengers we are seeing each day is really, really good and I’m highly delighted that what we’ve been able to provide is so well used.

“It just goes to show how much it was needed in the villages around Darlington. We are not able to run a full time service, even though that would be nice to have – that would be an expensive luxury.

“Clearly there are still financial aspects to be looked at and we’ve got to look at a way of continuing to run the service when the money runs out but we have plans to utilise a charitable organisation to keep it going.

“If those routes made money Arriva would be running the service but they don’t and we are doing the best we can with the money we have.”

The Our Bus operates three times a day, three days a week. For full details of the service visit scarletbandbuses.co.uk

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:22pm Sat 28 Dec 13

darloboss says...

“Clearly there are still financial aspects to be looked at and we’ve got to look at a way of continuing to run the service when the money runs out but we have plans to utilise a charitable organisation to keep it going.
so clearly not a success just a bit of back slapping for mr jones and co
“Clearly there are still financial aspects to be looked at and we’ve got to look at a way of continuing to run the service when the money runs out but we have plans to utilise a charitable organisation to keep it going. so clearly not a success just a bit of back slapping for mr jones and co darloboss

8:47am Sun 29 Dec 13

Lionel1 says...

darloboss wrote:
“Clearly there are still financial aspects to be looked at and we’ve got to look at a way of continuing to run the service when the money runs out but we have plans to utilise a charitable organisation to keep it going.
so clearly not a success just a bit of back slapping for mr jones and co
A bit harsh, all they're doing is trying to provide a service. Do you have some personal 'beef' with Mr Jones?
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: “Clearly there are still financial aspects to be looked at and we’ve got to look at a way of continuing to run the service when the money runs out but we have plans to utilise a charitable organisation to keep it going. so clearly not a success just a bit of back slapping for mr jones and co[/p][/quote]A bit harsh, all they're doing is trying to provide a service. Do you have some personal 'beef' with Mr Jones? Lionel1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree