Buses cancel Newton stops after parking causes delays

An Arriva bus in Craster.
An Arriva bus in Craster.

A coastal village is to be excluded from a bus route from next weekend after continual problems with parking have led to delays and concerns.

From Sunday, November 16, Arriva’s X18 route, which serves the coastal villages between Berwick and Alnwick as and travels through the countryside on to Newcastle, will no longer be calling at High Newton-by-the-Sea.

The bus company has saidthat parking problems in and around the village green have led to the cancellation of the service.

Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East, said: “For a long time now the service has suffered substantial delays due to the amount of cars parking around the village green obstructing the route.

“We have tried very hard to resolve this by working closely with the county council, the parish council and the local police, however, the situation has not improved.

“It is very important that we provide the best possible service to the majority of our customers and with very few people using service at High Newton-by-the-Sea, we will no longer operate on this section of the route. Passengers wishing to board at High Newton-by-the-Sea can use the 418, which uses smaller buses.”

Parish-council chairman John Roper said: “It is unfortunate that they have had to come to this conclusion, but we understand why.

“We are trying to sort a traffic management plan to sort the parking situation and we hope that they might resume the service when the problems are sorted.”

The 418 service is run by Travelsure Monday to Saturday and Arriva on Sundays.

However, there are fewer pick-ups and drop-offs in High Newton than on the X18 service.