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New bus service for hill villages
A new publicly-funded bus service will provide a lifeline for communities in rural Northumberland and Cumbria.

Northumberland and Cumbria County Councils have joined forces to provide the new 681 service between Alston in Cumbria and Housesteads.

Northumberland will provide the bulk of funding for six days a week service.

It will call at Alston, Slaggyford, Lambley Chapel, Halton Lea Gate, Coanwood School, Park Village, Once Brewed, Haltwhistle and Housesteads.

John Smith, executive member for highways and operations with Northumberland County Council, said: "We have listened to the residents and recognised the need to open up opportunities for people living in these areas, especially those who do not have a car and rely more on public transport.

"Although Northumberland is providing the bulk of the funding, this is a good example of two councils working together to provide services that cross over into both our areas."


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