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    mst1058 wrote:
    can i ask why the busses leave the depot to go to town empty why not start the shift from depot that way they can pick people up on way to town
    As an ex-driver Arriva have around 50-60 starting routes each morning. Some buses do pick up on the way to town however its more important to arrive at your destination at the timetabled time"
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Darlington MP Jenny Chapman supports campaign calling for more people to use buses

Billingham bus driver Brian Arnold was picked to appear on posters as part of the Catch the Bus Week initiative

Billingham bus driver Brian Arnold was picked to appear on posters as part of the Catch the Bus Week initiative

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by , Reporter (Darlington)

DARLINGTON MP Jenny Chapman has backed a campaign to get more people using buses in the town.

Ms Chapman attended the Darlington launch of the national Catch the Bus Week initiative and said bus companies should continue to do all they can to encourage more people to leave their cars at home.

She said: “I think it is important to encourage more people to use buses because it means we get more cars off the road which reduces congestion, it is also better for the environment and there is a health benefit to getting a walk at either end of your journey.

“I think bus companies need to do their best and I am pleased that Arriva seem to be willing to try and make it easier for passengers.

“They are investing in new buses and what we need to see is more buses going to places that people want to be, on time, and we need fares to stay down so that people can afford to use the bus.”

The campaign launch saw an Arriva bus parked at Joseph Pease Place today (Friday, April 25) and entertainment provided by Darlington dance troupe Dimensions.

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