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New bus service to help connect villages between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley

People living in rural areas between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley will soon benefit from an on-demand bus service that will pick them up right from their doorstep.

The new ‘Rugeley and Lichfield Village Connect’ service will provide door to door journeys for people who have no local bus service or are unable to access local bus services.

The service will start on Monday 10th October and will allow passengers to travel between villages and local towns or make onward travel connections. People will be able to ring up and book the bus in advance to arrive at a pre-agreed time to take them right to their destination.

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, said:

We know that whether you’re old or young, getting public transport when you live in a rural village can be difficult. That’s why we’re introducing this service, because it really has got the potential to change lives and give people more independence.

“There have been recent changes to some bus services in the area and this new approach will help those people who are not served by commercial bus operators. This will now give them a flexible and affordable public transport option. We have introduced similar services in other parts of the county which are already benefiting thousands of people particularly elderly and disabled residents. These have proved a real success and we are confident that the new service will help people to get around easier.”

The service will replace the existing 823 bus service which currently operates on Tuesdays and Fridays only and offer transport to areas that will be left without a local service following changes to the Arriva service 15. The service has been designed to provide a five day service for residents at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

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 the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm.

Journeys can be booked up to 7 days in advance or up to 4pm the day before travel and all bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

People can book by calling 01283 512705, 01283 544320or by emailing mobilitylink3@gmail.com (At least 48 hours’ notice is required if using the email service).  Booking lines are open:  Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

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Notes to Editor:

Fares will be charged at:-

  • Older / Disabled Persons’ pass holder – free of charge
  • Adult single – £2.50,  Adult return – £3.50
  • Children aged 5-11 years – £1.20 single, £2.40 return
  • Children aged 11-15 without a Your Staffordshire Card – £1.50 single, £2.50 return
  • Your Staffordshire Card 11-15 year olds  – £1.20 per journey
  • Your Staffordshire Card 16-19 year olds – £1.30 per journey
  • Under 5’s – Free of Charge