Arleen Coach Hire and Services, based in Peasdown St John near Bath, has decided to once again operate a bus service.
First West of England is in the process of consolidating its network, recently deciding to de-register the 175 service between Bath and Peasdown St John.
With mounting concern amongst locals that they may lose the service, Arleen was asked to consider operating a replacement.
In response, the company submitted a short notice registration and acquired a low-floor Caetano-bodied Dennis Dart to run the service.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) was asked to assist by producing working timetables, duty cards and faretables, also providing a Setright ticket machine to tide the company over until e-ticketing can be introduced.
The service began on Monday, February 5; Arleen is joining the West England Bus Operators Association (WEBOA), and is accepting the Rider multi-operator ticket.
Two Ticketer ETMs made surplus at Bath & NE Somerset’s operation have been acquired for the service, which are expected to enter use shortly.
The 175 operates in conjunction with a school contract to Writhlington School, making the route more efficient than would otherwise be possible.