BUS passengers have been issued with a “use it or lose it” ultimatum after restoring a popoular route on a trial period.
Bosses at Stagecoach North East, who have been working closely with Hartlepool Borough Council and the Tees Valley Bus Network Partnership, have brought back the number 6 evening service for a trail period.
The temporary service, which links Hartlepool town centre and the Clavering area, will operate from 6pm until 9.45pm every 20 minutes, on Sundays to Thursdays, including Bank Holidays.
The regular bus service will depart from Victoria Road, meaning people wishing to travel to and from areas in town including: Clavering, Hart Station, Brus and Raby Road, can do so in addition to the current Friday and Saturday timetable which will continue to operate across the town.
The news has been welcomed by Councillor Rob Cook who has been campaigning for improvements to the service.
Councillor Peter Jackson, chair of Hartlepool Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “I am really pleased that Stagecoach is enhancing its number 6 service and I am sure this will be welcomed by residents of our town.
“Coun Cook has campaigned for improvements to this service for some time, so he is delighted with the news.
Stagecoach, which employs more than 1,600 people across the region, has warned that if the evening service is not used it will be axed.
The service has been restored for a six-month trial period, and when it is completed the operator will report back to the local authority.
After this review, a decision will be made on whether to permanently reinstate the bus service based on the findings of passenger usage.
Stagecoach managing director Phil Medlicott said: “We’re delighted to reinstate this service in Hartlepool.
“These evening journeys are being experimentally introduced on a commercial basis, so customers are encouraged to get on board, ‘use it or lose it’, and make the most of what our great town has to offer.”
Coun Jackson, added: “As a council we have regular dialogue with Stagecoach and we’ll continue to work together to get the best possible bus services for local residents.”