A NEW bus service is set to be available for residents in the Moorlands after several parish councils collaborated to provide more public transport for its constituencies. There is set to be a new bus service three days a week through Draycott-in-the-Moors, Fulford and Forsbrook after the areas' respective parish councils agreed to come together to provide a regular means to get to larger towns for “isolated residents”. It was revealed at Monday's Forsbrook Parish Council meeting that, although contracts are yet to be signed, a new bus service is set to be offered to residents.
A spokesperson for the Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council said: “Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council are pleased to announce their contribution to a new bus service to get our community back on the public transport network.
“Draycott and Cresswell have had no bus service at all for quite a while, and residents have complained about the costs of taxis to go shopping or to the health centre.
“We were approached by Fulford and Forsbrook Parish Councils to collaborate on a joint project to try to get a community bus to serve the rural villages and hamlets and give the people chance to access the larger towns to go shopping or to visit the bank and health centres.”
There will be one bus a day travelling to Meir Park, Meir (town centre) and health centre and Longton.
If the route is finalised, on Saturday’s there will be a “special service” to Trentham Retail Park.
The spokesperson for the Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council added: “We hope it will bring some shoppers into Meir and give people the opportunity to visit Longton on market days.
“There will be day return tickets and cheaper fairs for children, and pensioners can use their free bus passes.
“We will be doing lots of promotion to make people aware of the service as it will only run successfully if the public support the project.
“The contract has not yet been signed, so there is a 70-day route application period.”
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