Mixed news for bus route campaigners

Some of the children, parents and grandparents fighting to save the 438 bus service which goes to Morpeth's middle and high schools. Also pictured is their local county councillor, Milburn Douglas.

Some of the children, parents and grandparents fighting to save the 438 bus service which goes to Morpeth's middle and high schools. Also pictured is their local county councillor, Milburn Douglas.

A POPULAR bus which takes children from coastal villages directly to two Morpeth schools has avoided the axe for now – but it has come at a price.

The 438 service, run commercially by Arriva, takes more than 25 children from Lynemouth, Ellington, Cresswell and Linton to Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools on Mitford Road. Some Pegswood children also get the bus.

The company originally sent out a letter saying it would be withdrawn from March 24 as the revenue from fares does not cover the running costs and suggested that pupils get a bus to Ashington, which would drop them off at Morpeth Bus Station.

 

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