Rural buses face £200k cut

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

Northumberland County Council has embarked on a review of subsidised bus services which aims to identify where £200,000 can be saved.

Although the vast majority of Northumberland’s bus services are commercially operated, 51 services, mainly in the rural north and west of the county, are subsidised.

Neil Easton, an officer from the economic and inclusion policy team, said: “There are no commercial routes north of Alnwick up to Berwick or to the west into the national park. All the routes north of Alnwick up to Berwick are either fully or partially subsidised.”

An eight-week public consultation has been launched to get the views of service users. It ends on March 26.