Joy at bus reinstatement

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.
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Mass pressure has paid off, delighted campaigners have said, after a bus company has finally agreed to reinstate a much-needed service.

Last week, the Gazette revealed how Arriva North East had made a U-turn on its decision to axe the 20/X20 from Hadston Square and Amble Links Estate, which came into effect in February.

But now, the company is set to reintroduce a limited service to both areas, although it will be reviewed to monitor usage and reliability.

The changes are intended to start at the end of October.

County and parish councillor Scott Dickinson, who was heavily involved in forcing Arriva into the re-think, is pleased with the progress being made.

He said: “During the election campaign I promised to continue the pursuit of restored bus services to our community and ensure that the needs of our community are met.

“I am delighted to say that following tireless meetings between staff at County Hall on my behalf and Arriva, we have managed to gain agreement to restore the bus services in Amble and Hadston.

“I know that these are much-needed services that have a terrible impact for those users affected so I am delighted that I was able to follow through this promise and work hard to have the services restored.”

Pressure from the East Chevington parish included a petition.

Town and county councillor for Amble, Robert Arckless, has been calling for something to be done since the axe and said the reinstated service will meet a real need in the community.

He added: “I am really pleased that Arriva has agreed to increase the number of journeys onto the estates.

“This has been a result of a lot of hard work and because we have kept up the pressure, but I am under no illusions and we shall see how it develops.

“It is not something we can take for granted and it is important that the services are used.”

Amble and East Chevington councils stressed the need for their communities to be served.