Talks on bus route plans

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

CHANGES could be com­ing to a num­ber of Teesside bus routes in a bid to im­prove ef­fi­ciency.

Bus op­er­a­tor Stage­coach wants mem­bers of the pub­lic to have their say on how the ser­vices can be im­proved.

Con­sul­ta­tions will take place through­out the next two weeks across Mid­dles­brough, Billing­ham and Hartle­pool.

There are a num­ber of pro­posed changes to the tim­ing and fre­quency of sev­eral routes, in­clud­ing ser­vices 34, 35 and 52.

Stage­coach be­lieves the changes will re­duce the im­pact of traf­fic on the bus ser­vices, as well as mak­ing them more re­li­able

Cus­tomers’ sug­ges­tions, feed­back and other ideas can be submitted through the com­pany’s web­site, and there will be five drop-in ses­sions over the com­ing week.

David Parker, head of com­mer­cial at Stage­coach North East, said: “Through the con­sul­ta­tion process we can find out ex­actly what our cus­tomers want and en­able our buses to bet­ter serve Teesside and Hartle­pool.

“We are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing re­li­a­bil­ity de- spite in­creas­ing pres­sures on the road through the build-up of traf­fic con­ges­tion and de­lays.

“We also want to de­velop our bus net­work so it can bet­ter meet the re­quire­ments of our cus­tomers, and tak­ing on board their feed­back al­lows us to di­rectly re­spond to these de­mands.”

Posters and leaflets are on dis­play on buses to pro­mote the con­sul­ta­tions, as well as reg­u­lar mes­sages on so­cial me­dia.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­posed changes and to give feed­back, visit www.stage­coach­bus.com/teesside­and- har tle­pool- pro­posed-ser­vice-changes.

The con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions will take place:

To­day (Thurs­day, June 8) Noon to 4pm at Mid­dles­brough In­sti­tute of Mod­ern Art, Cen­tre Square, Mid­dles­brough

Fri­day, 2pm to 5pm at Cen­tral Li­brary, York Road, Hartle­pool

Monday, June 12, 2pm to 6pm at Billing­ham Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, The Cause­way, Billing­ham

Thurs­day, June 15, 12pm to 4pm at Mid­dles­brough In­sti­tute of Mod­ern Art, Cen­tre Square, Mid­dles­brough

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