Bus proposals are welcomed by council

The 472 Travelsure bus in Shilbottle.
The 472 Travelsure bus in Shilbottle.

Amble Town Council has welcomed proposals for the 471/472 service, as part of the county council’s review of subsidised buses in north Northumberland.

The review of supported bus routes is being carried out in three phases, with the first reviewing and retendering services.

Among these is Travelsure’s 471/472 service, which runs between Alnwick and Amble, via Shilbottle, and is well used, according to the county council.

A town-council statement, which was read out by Coun Helen Lewis at last Thursday’s meeting, read: ‘We welcome the proposal to extend the current 471/472 service provision to cover Albert Street and Percy Drive, in addition to the Links Estate.

‘We feel this will enhance the offer to the town and its community, as well as making the service more financially viable and thus help to retain this valuable lifeline from the town estates, some of which have a high proportion of elderly and/or frail residents and low car ownership.

‘We trust the current two-hourly service will remain, but we would welcome additional runs if this were possible. We would like details of the actual proposed route as soon as these are available.’