RESIDENTS are being reminded that a bus service aimed at providing a “lifeline” to stranded villagers is changing its route from today.
It will now include another pick-up thanks to funding from ward councillors in Hartlepool.
The number 65 service was launched after the villages of Elwick and Dalton Piercy, on the outskirts of town, were hardest hit after bus companies axed daytime and evening services as a result of Hartlepool Borough Council removing its £287,000 supported bus services funding in 2011.
It has been running three times a day on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between the villages of Elwick and Dalton Piercy and Hartlepool town centre but operator Paul’s Travel is changing the route from Thursday, July 3 to include Egerton Road. It is also set to operate on a Saturday.
Conservative councillors Ray Martin-Wells, Brenda Loynes and George Morris each donated £1,000 from their Rural West ward budgets to Elwick Parish Council, which is helping fund the service.
The service used to stop at Egerton Road until it was stopped, but thanks to the new funding pick-ups will start again. Sue Little, who runs Paul’s Travel with husband Paul, said: “We are very grateful to the ward councillors and we hope more people use the service.”
Elwick and Dalton Piercy Parish Councils and Hartfields help to subsidise the bus service.
The bus service currently starts at 9.15am from Elwick, before driving to Dalton Piercy and then along a route including Merlin Way, Hartfields, Ryehill Gardens, Victoria Road, Maritime Avenue, Mainsforth Terrace and Stockton Street. Buses also leave Elwick at 11.15am and 1.15pm.
Concessions can use their free passes. Call Paul’s Travel on (01429) 236360.