Changes to village bus services around Rugby

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BUS services in the villages of Bulkington, Wolvey, Shilton and Ansty will be changing from next month.

From Monday, September 5, the number 75 service financially supported by Warwickshire County Council will be withdrawn, as its route is duplicated by the subsidised 74 service and the commercial 56 service which both run from Nuneaton to Coventry.

The county council has to deal with a 45 per cent reduction in 2011/12 in the level of bus subsidies it pays to operators to provide services which are not commercially viable but considered socially necessary. Councillors allocated an additional £350,000 to the public transport budget to lessen the impact and maintain more services for the community.

Currently the 74 and 75 services run every two hours and between them provide villagers with an hourly bus service to both Nuneaton and Coventry, following a similar route - the only difference being that the 74 serves Bramcote while the 75 serves Bulkington.

Bulkington will still be served by the hourly number 56 service commercially operated by Stagecoach to both Nuneaton and Coventry. The 74 service, operated by Travel de Courcey, also carries a greater number of passengers.

Wolvey passengers will still be able to travel to Bulkington by using the 74 to Whitestone and changing onto the 56 service.

Details of the revised bus services are displayed on the County Council web site. Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/busservicechanges.

County Councillor Peter Butlin, Portfolio holder for transport and highways, said: “As a county council we have to deal sensibly with the significant budget reduction that is facing us. We have to make revisions to the bus network to ensure that the level of financially supported local bus services provided remains within the budget that the county council can afford.

“The 74 service covers much of the route served by the 75 and the changes will eliminate this duplication and maintain an effective service to these villages.”