Victory for Burntwood campaigners as replacement bus service is announced

Campaigners are celebrating after an agreement was reached to replace a bus service which was due to be axed.

Arriva is planning to ditch the number 15 between Boney Hay and Lichfield early next month.

The move was criticised by Labour county councillor Sue Woodward, who warned residents were angered by the decision to drop a “vital” service.

But now Staffordshire County Council has confirmed a new Lichfield and Rugeley Village Connect route will operate from October 10.

A spokesperson said: “The new service will operate as a Demand Responsive – which may be known as Dial-A-Ride – service in the area, providing door to door journeys where possible for residents who have no local bus service or are unable to access the local bus service.

“It will allow passengers to travel to Rugeley, Lichfield, Burntwood and the villages in between.

“The service will be operated by East Staffs Mobility Link and will link with the Needwood Forest Connect, an existing demand responsive service, where possible. It will operate Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3pm.

“Journeys can be booked up to seven days in advance or up to 4pm the day before travel, and all bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.”

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