Disappointment at response to bus improvements

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A CONCERNED councillor has spoken of his disappointment after no response has been given to suggestions to improve bus links in Amble.

Addressing last week’s Northumberland County Council’s north area committee meeting in Alnwick, Coun Robert Arckless said he was still waiting for feedback on representations made to aid public transport services for the town.

He said that there was a ‘very significant part’ of Amble which could not access the town centre or Alnwick directly and calls have been made to resolve the issue.

One of the suggestions put forward was to extend the 472 service to incorporate the Links and Radcliffe estates, or to create another link with these areas.

But he is still waiting to hear of any progress.

At last Monday’s meeting he said: “There are some issues in Amble, particularly about access to the town centre from the more outlying areas of the estates.

“I was disappointed that there wasn’t any response to the representations that had been made in Amble, especially the 472 service.

“Ian Coe (the county council’s transport support manager) said it might be possible to address some of the issues about the 472.

“There is a specific issue about a very significant part of Amble which can’t access Alnwick or the town centre directly.

“The town council made some very sensible suggestions and I hope that the points raised about access are still under consideration.”