First Potteries makes substantial timetable changes

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First Potteries has made a number of changes to its network, the Stoke Sentinel has reported.

Journeys on a number of routes were cut or amended, while several new-look services were introduce.

A spokesman said: “The classic ingredients required to sustain a fit-for-purpose bus network are now in place and we need people to use it.

“For us to invest and enhance the network further, we need people to feel confident and to use the bus as their preferred choice of travel around the area.

“Over the last 12 months our customers will be aware that we have made a number of changes, mainly to timings, in order to improve punctuality and reliability.”

First Potteries has seen passenger numbers increase on journeys to and from Keele University and the Royal Stoke University Hospital and on the ‘Raspberry’ service between Longton and Meir Park.

Withdrawn services include the 9, 17, 29, 99A and X3 (which is being covered by service 98, which has seen its frequency increase to every 20 minutes.

Service 8 from Hanley to Ball Green via Smallthorne has increased to operate every 20 minutes, Monday to Saturday daytime.

A new trial service has been introduced on the 27 from Hanley to Kidsgrove which will provide links to Festival Park. A link between Mow Cop and Tunstall is also introduced.

On service 72, which originally covered Clayton, Newcastle, Silverdale and Parksite, the route between Newcastle, Silverdale and Parksite was withdrawn, with the service continuing between Clayton and Newcastle with a revised timetable.

Service 97 from Newcastle – Wolstanton Retail Park has introduced a new service which will operate every half hour, Monday to Saturday daytime via May Bank, while service 99 from Newcastle to Chell Heath has had its frequency increased to every 20 minutes, Monday-Saturday daytime.