New Pershore bus all ready for go

By Gary Smee 24/05 Updated: 24/05 12:38

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PERSHORE'S new Sunday and Bank Holiday bus service to Worcester is set to launch this weekend.

The new route, which links Pershore Railway Station with the town centre, Eckington, Defford, Croome and Worcester, will be up and running on Sunday (May 27).

Forced cutbacks by Worcestershire County Council meant passengers in the town and surrounding villages only had a service to Worcester from Monday to Saturday.

But a number of parish councils, Pershore Town Council and other groups teamed up with the county council and Cotswold Line Promotion Group to set up and fund the 381 service until September 16.

The route meets many Sunday and Bank Holiday trains at Pershore Station allowing passengers to travel by train and then onto the attractions on the route by bus.

The National Trust, which owns Croome Court, is helping with publicity and promotion with a special discounted admission to the attraction for bus users.

As a special bonus, this Sunday's service is free.

Julian Palfrey, a Pershore town councillor and publicity offer for the Cotswold Line Promotion Group, said it was great to see so many different community groups working together and urged people to take advantage.

"We would urge local people and visitors to use this new bus which importantly plugs a gap in the service and also provides an excellent example of how local communities and groups and work together to improve services," he added.

Coun John Smith, responsible for transport and highways in the county added the new service was very welcome. "We recognise the rural nature of our county and the challenges we face in improving access to transport in many of our towns and villages," he said.

"This new service will provide excellent links for rural communities to enjoy the city, towns, villages, other transport links and countryside."

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