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Councillor Mark Deaville
County Councillor Mark Deaville

New temporary shuttle bus for Kingsley

People in Kingsley will benefit from a new temporary shuttle bus service linking Kingsley and Cheadle.

The introduction of the service follows the temporary closure of the A521 Froghall Road, Kingsley Holt earlier in January for essential gas mains work which is being carried out by National Grid

The shuttle bus will operate half hourly, Monday to Saturday on the normal Service 32 route between Butlers Hill, Cheadle and the Blacksmith’s Arms, Kingsley Holt, to allow connections with First’s Service 32 to Hanley, Tean and Uttoxeter.  The service will operate from 7.15am until 6.28pm each day.

The service was introduced following discussions between First Buses, National Grid and Staffordshire County Council.

Mark Deaville, Cabinet member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This is great news for local people and now means they will be able to travel from Kingsley to Cheadle and the surrounding areas. We’ve been working closely with the bus operators, utility company and contractors over the past few weeks and I’m delighted that a solution has now been found.”

Single journeys on the service can be made free of charge – onwards journeys to and from Cheadle should be paid for on the connecting service.  The previously announced ticketing arrangements by First, including inter-availability of D & G bus tickets will continue to operate.

Usage of the service will be monitored on a weekly basis between First and Balfour Beatty and will continue to operate until the road re-opens as long as the service is well used.

People can find out more on First Potteries website at www.firstgroup.com/potteries/news-and-service-updates.