Cruel blow as Arriva rules out vital bus revival

Councillor Scott Dickinson at the bus stop next to the shops in Hadston.
Councillor Scott Dickinson at the bus stop next to the shops in Hadston.

A bus company will not be reinstating a vital service to a north Northumberland village, much to the anger of campaigners.

Arriva North East (ANE) has ruled out the possibility of the 20/X20 being re-routed to Hadston, claiming it would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the overall service.

It comes as a bitter blow to the community, which has been pushing for the bus to be reinstated, following ANE’s decision to withdraw the service from Hadston Square in February.

East Chevington Parish Council chairman Scott Dickinson has said the loss of the bus has had a major impact on residents. He branded ANE’s latest decision ‘ridiculous’ and vowed to continue the fight.

Fresh hope had been given last month when ANE’s Paul De Santis told East Chevington councillors that the company would see what could be done to possibly resolve the issue.

But after carrying out time trials, ANE has admitted there will be no change.

Coun Dickinson, who was recently elected onto Northumberland County Council, said: “ It is a ridiculous cost-cutting measure. They are supposed to be providing a public service. Arriva may think this is the end of the matter but I can assure them, it isn’t.”

He added he has spoken to other companies about possibly starting up a route.

The service was also cut from Amble Links Estate.