Arriva Midlands trims back Stafford and Cannock network

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Arriva Midlands (West) has registered a number of service revisions across its network in Cannock and Stafford. The changes are due to come into force on September 3, 2016.

Rob Cheveaux, Area Managing Director for Arriva Midlands (West), said: “We have a strong core network throughout Staffordshire which we remain incredibly proud of, but it has become evident that changes must be made in order for us to deliver the most effective services possible where people will most benefit from them.

“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, low passenger numbers on some of our routes have meant that it is no longer commercially viable for us to continue operating them as they currently are.  Although we are regretful for any potential inconvenience this will cause people living along these routes, we have, where possible, worked to find alternative solutions which will be sustainable in the long-term and will enable those customers affected to still be served by a simpler, stronger bus service.

“We look to develop a network which people can rely on and will want to use, and it is our intention that with these changes, those areas which rely most heavily on bus travel will be able to have access to more efficient and reliable services that will better suit their needs. This remains our top priority at this time.”

Key changes outlined within the network review include the removal of sections of some routes and the withdrawal of some services in the Stafford and Cannock areas. The frequency of some services will also be reduced.

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, said: “As a county council we want to encourage a strong, sustainable, affordable commercial bus network which is well used by Staffordshire residents.

“While the county council is unable to fund commercial services, we will be working with Arriva and other operators to minimise any inconvenience to passengers and promote alternative public transport options where available.”