Free bus service for youngsters

A FREE bus for youngsters is being launched next week.

Seaton Valley Community Forum has joined forces with Adapt North East and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure to provide a free bus service for young people connecting the five villages of Seaton Valley with Blyth Sports Centre.

Launching on Tuesday, February 1, the new bus will operate on Tuesday evenings, picking up young people from every bus stop in Seaton Valley.

It will start at 4pm in Seghill and go through Seaton Delaval, Hollywell, back to Seaton Delaval, New Hartley, Seaton Sluice and Old Hartley before proceeding to the sports centre.

The bus will do the return trip in reverse order starting from Blyth Sports Centre at 7pm and arriving in Seghill at approximately 7.45pm.

Chairwoman of Seaton Valley Community Forum, Susan Dungworth, said she was delighted at the partnership work that has resulted in the service.

“The forum identified a gap in provision and Adapt were able to provide a bus and a driver and BVAL additional staff to enable young people to participate in all the activities on offer at the sports centre,” she said.

“It is brilliant our young people will be able to benefit from the same facilities as their friends who live in Blyth, at the same price.”

Although the service will operate on Tuesday evenings initially as a pilot scheme, Seaton Valley Community Council is keen to continue the service on a permanent basis should it prove popular and successful.

Visit www.seatonvalleycommunitycouncil.gov.uk for timetable details.