Anna Turley, Labour’s candidate for Redcar hit out at bus giant, Arriva, after the revelation that the multi-national company was planning to cut back drastically the frequency of their 64 bus route.
“I have now heard authoritatively that Arriva are planning to cut this service by a third, from three to two and hour. The 64 bus is a key route serving the South Avenue and The Fleet area of Dormanstown, the Mickledales Estate and the village of New Marske, with schools and GP surgeries on the route.
“Arriva say that they are doing this to up the frequency of the 64a buses calling at the Low Grange Farm branch of Tesco, and whilst this may make commercial sense to a company obsessed by profit, it is of no comfort to people in the outer reaches of the constituency who will have a educed service for vital travel to and from work, school or for shopping or visiting friends and family.
“It simply shows that a bus company that effectively operates a monopoly in the area is not serving the needs of residents in that community. News like this reinforces my view that reregulation of bus services is needed. It also confirms to me that I was right in my response to the Council’s Local Plan consultation to urge for a strengthening of bus services between New Marske and Redcar, something that is clearly coming under threat.”