Hadrian’s Wall service extended

Extra revenue generated by a rise in passenger numbers on the Hadrian’s Wall Bus has meant the service is staying on the road for an extra month until the end of September. The service is funded by the Hadrian’s Wall Bus Partnership, with other partners including Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland County Council and the Hadrian’s Wall Trust. In March this year, the Hadrian’s Wall Trust discovered it had been unsuccessful in a bid for funding to the ‘North West Rural Development Programme’, which resulted in a funding shortfall of £47,000. As such, certain journeys were due to stop running at the end of August. Operated by Alba Travel of Penrith and Classic Coaches of Newcastle, the bus departs from Carlisle, (near the Rail Station) at 09:20, 11:50 and 14:30, with the last bus arriving back in Carlisle at 19:31. It has been in operation for over ten years and by 2012 had expanded to operate three buses running daily from Good Friday until the end of August. The two Carlisle based buses carried almost 26,000 passengers that year

Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, Cllr Keith Little, said, ‘More people have used the Hadrian’s Wall Bus this summer, especially during the fine weather in June and July. The higher ticket sales have enabled us to extend the bus service for another month, at no extra cost.’

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