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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Timetable changes for bus services in west Cumbria

Extra buses are coming to west Cumbria’s roads and timetables are changing after new contracts were awarded.

The changes, which come into force on September 2, are a result of a major retendering exercise by Cumbria County Council for its scheduled buses, school transport, special educational needs and disabilities transport in Allerdale and Copeland.

The new contracts have been awarded to five bus companies – Stagecoach, Reays, Sims of Eskdale, Brownriggs and 3D Travel.

One of the places that will see improvements is St Bees where a new service 26 will offer extra trips to Egremont and an enhanced service for Moor Row.

Other changes include an extra late evening trip from Keswick to Workington via Cockermouth at 11.15pm and the last bus from Carlisle to west Cumbria will depart 15 minutes later at 11pm to offer a connection for passengers from the train from London which arrives in Carlisle at 10.50pm. A council spokesman said they had a duty to retender its services to make sure the public was getting the best deal.

“We saw strong interest from an increasingly competitive bus operators’ market, ensuring the council was able to secure best value for money while providing bus services where they are needed,” he said.

“Many routes will now be served by low-floor, easy-access buses for the first time.”

The new contracts last for four years and were awarded after nearly 50 bus operators got in touch with the councils. New timetables are being added to the council’s website at www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses as and when the council receives them from operators. To check any changes to timetables will be through Traveline from September 1 either at the council’s website or on the Traveline number 0871 200 22 33.

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