ESSENTIAL bus services in the Stratford and South Warwickshire area are safe for another seven years after a successful bid by Stagecoach.
The bus company won the contract to run the 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 27, 50, 75, 76, 77, 229, X20 (Sundays) plus the Park & Ride service from July 25 following a recent tender
They will also run the daytime X20 between Stratford and Solihull from the August 15.
The move secures the future of these bus services for the next 7 years.
Stagecoach has also announced that following their success, they will be reintroducing the Stratford MegaRider zone from the same date. The zone was previously removed due to low sales but will be making a comeback due to the expansion of their services. The zone will be bigger than before, covering some of the new services.
Coun Wallace Redford, Warwickshire County Council spokesperson for transport and planning, said: “We are pleased to be able to fund these vital services for those living in and around Stratford and South Warwickshire.
“Buses are a core part of the fabric of our society providing connections for education, work, or leisure.
“Existing customers will notice some minor amendments to some services to increase efficiency, details of which can be found on the council’s website”.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach Midlands, added:
“We very much look forward to welcoming new customers on board our buses. We’ve been working with Warwickshire County Council to provide the best possible service.
“With the rising price of fuel there’s never been a better time for people to try the bus”.
For more information about the services visit www.stagecoachbus.com or www.warwickshire.gov.uk/buses.