Celebration as bus service is changed

Coun June Clark celebrates with local adults and children at the bus stop in Cook Grove, Horden.
Coun June Clark celebrates with local adults and children at the bus stop in Cook Grove, Horden.

Families are celebrating after a local councillor set the wheels in motion to ensure they get to school on time.

Durham County Councillor for Horden June Clark has helped to get bus services re-routed in Horden so that children from the Crossroads Estate can make it in time for lessons at school and nursery at the other end of the village.

Last year, the Go North East 209 bus, which serves Peterlee and Horden, was reduced from twice an hour to once-hourly.

Before the cut in service, Coun Clark had contacted the firm asking for the service to run in the opposite direction, from Peterlee Bus Station onto Thorntree Gill, into Horden and then on to the North East Industrial Estate and Westmoreland Rise.

She said this would save parents from paying hefty taxi fares or walking for up to 40 minutes to school and nursery. But she said she was told if this happened, it would mean the bus could not get people to work on the industrial estates at the top of the village in time on a morning.

Now a U-turn by the firm has been welcomed by locals after Go North East not only re-introduced the second bus, but rerouted one to run in the opposite direction to the first bus and also getting the 209 to start earlier from Peterlee Bus Station, at 8.28am. Coun Clark said: “I think it’s a good example of people working together, flagging up a need and the bus company listening to concerns. Lets hope people use it.”

A spokesman for Go North East said: “We are always prepared to listen to what our customers have to say to us and are very pleased we were able to take people’s views into consideration when we were looking at reviewing services.”