By Ian Dipple 13/04 Updated: 13/04 11:12
A NEW community bus service has proved so popular in its first two months council chiefs have agreed to extend its trial period until next year.
The number 52 Redditch Hopper service was launched in February through a link-up between Worcestershire County Council and the borough council run Dial a Ride service, to fill the gap left by the axing of the number 68 by commercial bus company First.
More than 400 people have already used the service in its first seven weeks which has convinced those involved the trial is worth continuing with until January 2013.
Ruth Griffin, manager of Redditch Dial-a-Ride, said: “We are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this popular new bus service, which was created for easy access to the Abbey Stadium complex and Redditch Town Centre so the public can make the most of the facilities that Redditch has to offer. We would also encourage people to continue using this service to ensure it remains sustainable and successful.”
The Redditch Hopper is the first community bus service in the county to run a registered local route available to all residents and starts on Downsell Road before running via Tynsall Avenue, to the shops in Poplar Road and the new Tesco Express in Batchley Road - where there are connections to other parts of the town - and on to Sainsbury's before arriving at the Abbey Stadium.
Timetables are available from www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bustimetables or call the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 765765.
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