Local MP, Rory Stewart, has welcomed the announcement that the AD122 bus will return as a seven day service over the Summer, after having assisted the local community in their efforts to see the route reinstated. The Penrith and the Border MP pressed Cumbria County Council to offer greater support to the community, who had struggled to find alternative means to run the bus service. The successful campaign has meant bus operator Go North East will now run the service from June 1st onward.

The AD122 travels from Hexham to Carlisle, serving many small communities along the Hadrian’s Wall route, including Haltwhistle, Birdoswald, Gilsland and Brampton. The service was one of 70 routes the council announced it would no longer subsidise earlier this year, in an effort to make budget savings. Rory Stewart has repeatedly raised concerns with the County Council about the impact of these cuts on some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and has extended his support and assistance to communities concerned about the loss of bus routes in their area.

Speaking on the AD122, Rory Stewart said:

“It is fantastic to hear the AD122 will again serve rural communities along Hadrian’s Wall this Summer. Having met community representatives and offered my support, it is clear just how important this route is to local residents.This is one of the most rural and isolated areas in Britain. Without a bus service, many residents have no means to travel into town for their shopping, doctor’s appointments or simply to socialise. Without a bus, we further limit the number of tourists visiting the area, and supporting many of our small, rural businesses.

Many communities continue to rightly worry about how a loss of bus services will affect them. I remain very willing to offer any support I can to anyone concerned about this, and would encourage communities to get in touch.”

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