Damage of cuts to buses and police minimised

An Arriva Bus in rural Northumberland.
An Arriva Bus in rural Northumberland.

In an era of cuts, cuts and more cuts, the news of two key services in Seahouses being maintained at their current level was welcomed.

At Monday’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members received answers to their inquiries from Arriva and Northumbria Police.

The bus company said that due to reduced support from the county council, it is unable to continue to run the X18 service every two hours between Alnwick, Seahouses, Belford and Berwick through the winter.

However, when the new timetable does come into effect on November 16, Seahouses will still have access to a two-hourly service due to the timetable being organised in conjunction with the Travelsure 418 service.

Coun David Donaldson said: “So we are still going to have a two-hourly service through the winter.

“I think we are very fortunate in such a sparsely-populated area.”

Meanwhile, Northumbria Police has confirmed that the police station in Seahouses is earmarked for closure.

But the neighbourhood policing team currently based in the village will just be moving to the fire station on Main Street.

Coun Donaldson said: “It makes good sense. It’s strange though – it means the police station is back to where it was all those years ago.”