County council highlights transport support in the Forest of Dean
Gloucestershire County Council is highlighting transport support to residents after changes to Stagecoach’s 32/132 bus time timetable.
The 32/132 bus route, which runs between Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye via Ledbury and Newent, has been changed by the operator, Stagecoach West.
Services between Newent and Gloucester will continue to run throughout the day, and a school service will be run in and out of John Kyrle High School, in Ross-on-Wye. However, there will not be a timetabled service between Ross-on-Wye and Newent, via Ledbury.
Stagecoach West has made the decision for commercial reasons due to the low number of passengers both before and during the pandemic. The changes will come into effect from Sunday, 27 February.
In response to the changes on the bus route, Gloucestershire County Council is highlighting the following support for residents:
- Newent Dial-a-Ride service – This is a pre-book service running between 10am and 2pm on weekdays. There is a £5 a year membership fee to use the service, and they offer passengers door-to-door pick up and drop offs. For more information on this service, call 01531 821 227
- Gloucestershire County Council funded local bus services – Two local bus services are funded by the council:
- 676 – Much Marcle – Newent – Tibberton – Gloucester on Mondays and Thursdays
- 679 – Newent – Redmarley – Ledbury on Tuesdays and Fridays
- Personal travel planning – a local company will soon be working in the area to advise people in person of a number of alternative transport options available, more information on this will be released very soon.
Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member responsible for public, community and home to school transport, said: “I am pleased that the council has been able to step in and provide support for these communities after Stagecoach’s decision to reduce its bus services. Dial-a-ride and council funded bus services play an important role in helping residents get around their community where commercial bus operators choose to no longer run a service.”