A NEW bus route through the Moorlands and into Stoke-on-Trent is set to start next month. The service is set to offer residents of towns and villages the chance to travel to the city between school hours. Bus service Stanton's of Stoke will run the circuit which travels through Cheadle, Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge, stopping at Meir, Parkhall Estate and finally Hanley. The service starts on Tuesday, September 3 and will run from Monday to Friday with two routes going outbound and inbound from each of the 12 stops.
The buses run from the first pick up point at 8.36am at Blythe Bridge High School to the final drop-off stop at Hanley Bus Station at 1.30pm.
A spokesperson for Stantons in Stoke, which was founded in 2015, told the Times and Echo: “We are constantly looking at options to bring life back into the villages and give them that link into the city again.
“The fares of the service will not be ridiculous but it has obviously got to be viable in order for us to operate it.”
When asked if there are plans to expand the service in the future, the spokesperson responded: “We always look into options but we would not be looking at putting anything else in place until we have proven this service.
“We get no subsidy from this, it is a purely commercial service.”
The route will pass through the parish of Forsbrook, whose parish council has previously discussed re-implementing a possible bus route.
Forsbrook Parish Council Clerk Dawn Plant spoke on behalf of the council, and told the Times and Echo: “We welcome all providers to the market.
“The more buses there are the better it is for the public.
“Forsbrook Parish Council would welcome the extra services.”
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