A new community bus service to hit the road

A new bus service is preparing to hit the road this month to help Blyth residents get out more.

Phoenix Taxis & Coaches has been running an initial service in the town but is now looking to expand it to cover all ‘four corners’ of Blyth.

From May 28 it will start four services – numbered B1, B2, B3 and B4 – covering Cowpen Estate, Solingen Estate, Benridge Park and the Avenues, taking residents to Blyth town centre, Asda in Cowpen Road and other main supermarkets.

Ken Turner, bus and coach manager, said the company had been planning the new service since last September.

“It’s going to serve areas that haven’t been served for a long time since the other operators pulled out,” he told the News Post Leader.

“People in the areas have been asking the council for a new bus service but they didn’t have the money, so we stepped in to run it as a commercial operation.

“There is a lot of elderly people in these areas and it’s difficult for them to get to the shops or into town.”

The buses will run every hour from 9.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday. It will be free for concessionary passengers with day tickets available for other passengers.

Ken added: “We’re looking forward to getting it all started.

“This is a long-term plan and if this works over the next 12 months, we’re looking to do something similar in Ashington.

“We’ve already had a lot of positive feedback.”