Anger as Northumberland rural bus service shuts while big players prosper
Residents of Northumberland and Cumbria – where bus budget is now zero – decry system that takes away their vital routes
At 66 years old, Duncan Foster thought his hitchhiking days were over. He would regularly thumb a lift to watch football matches as far away as Leeds (60 miles as the crow flies) as a young lad growing up in Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria.
But as a pensioner, now living alone in the nearby village of Whittington, he was happy to rely on the bus to go for a few pints with old mates back in Kirkby. With 111 services passing through the village each week, including one handily timed around last orders, he could maintain his social life without drink-driving – or forking out £6 for a taxi for the three-mile journey to and from Kirkby.
Source: Guardian Transport