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Buses make a comeback

Residents could soon be back on the buses thanks to a new community transport project.

The community service is set to be launched in May to replace bus routes that used to be run by private operators. The bus services had to be stopped because they were not making a profit.

The new mini bus service will link the centre of Bishop’s Stortford and the Herts and Essex Hospital with areas on the outskirts of town such as Thorley Park, Havers and Parsonage.

In the past, these routes have been covered by companies such as Arriva and Excel Coaches, but had to be axed because they were costing too much to run.

The Bishop’s Stortford Minibus Trust is now hoping to resurrect the service for residents and has managed to buy a 15-seater mini bus.

The organisation has been given funding by Herts County Council for the project, but is also looking for business sponsorship for the future.

Cllr Philip Demonti, chairman of Bishop’s Stortford’s Minibus Trust, said: “I’m very enthusiastic about it. I think these small buses are the transport of the future.”

It is hoped the service will run four days a week and the fares will be kept as low as possible. It will serve Havers and Parsonage from 8am to 5.45pm on weekdays except Wednesdays, and will be centred on the Herts and Essex Community Hospital.A paid driver is now being sought to drive the vehicle, which will be known as the Stort Bus.

 

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