Arleen returns to bus market in Bath

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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.