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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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New bus service starts in west Cumbria next week

A new bus service is to hit the roads in west Cumbria and if it proves popular more could follow.

Andy Horn photo
Andy Horn

Wigton firm Reays, which has a depot in Egremont, will launch the number 20 Thornhill to Whitehaven direct service next week, creating two jobs.

Reays currently provides transport for Sellafield staff from its Egremont base, with this new service the first for public use.

Andy Horn, Reays’ operations manager, said the firm would introduce further services if the number 20 gained enough passengers. He added: “We are introducing the number 20 on a trial basis initially as a direct, express service – but we are confident it will prove an attractive option for lots of people travelling between Thornhill and Whitehaven.

“Our emphasis will be on punctuality right along the route and on providing clean, modern buses with professional, well-trained drivers on a fast service that gets passengers direct to their destination quickly.”

The new route is part of the company’s “expanding” public bus services in north and west Cumbria.

The independent company already runs the City Hopper network of buses in Carlisle and several routes from its Wigton base, along with others from its Penrith depot.

The new number 20 route starts running on Monday July 7 and will travel through Bigrigg and Hensingham from morning to afternoon.

The family-run firm already operates the 58 and 60 services in west Cumbria, linking Workington with Cockermouth and Skinburness but both are served with vehicles from Wigton.

“The 58 and 60 are going from strength to strength and we believe the 20 will move us another significant step forward by introducing our Egremont depot into the equation for our public bus services in west Cumbria,” added Mr Horn.

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