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Arriva to withdraw bus service from Ramshaw, in Teesdale
A TINY community will lose its bus service this weekend.
Officials at operator Arriva say so few people use the number 50 service through Ramshaw, near Evenwood, in Teesdale, County Durham, it is no longer viable.
However, the few who rely on it say they are now faced with a lengthy walk up a hill to Bank Top, in Evenwood, if they are to catch an alternative bus.
They have taken the issue up with Councillor Pauline Charlton, who represents the area on Durham County Council.
Coun Charlton said she had suggested those affected try the county's Link2 dial-a-ride service for local journeys of up to five miles.
“In this day and age, a bus company is not going to run a service if not enough people are using it, but there are some people who need it.
“I am bitterly disappointed for those people it affects, especially those who rely on the bus to get to work.
“I have given out leaflets about Link2 and asked those affected to report back to me to see if this solves the problem.”
Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East said: “As a company, we are committed to providing the best possible service for the communities we serve.
“Unfortunately, the number of passengers using service 50 through Ramshaw had been falling for a number of years.
“Despite our best efforts to maintain the service, we have reached the point where the level of passenger numbers means it is no longer viable.”
The Ramshaw service is being withdrawn from Sunday, September 1.
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