Serving the Forest

Published
17.02.2017

Vital public transport in the Forest of Dean is being improved by Gloucestershire County Council following feedback from local people.

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Service 35, which runs Monday – Saturday from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth, has been operating since last September by Stagecoach on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The service, which is one of the most popular in the forest with approximately 2,000 journeys a month, is being improved to make sure it runs on time and is reliable for everyone who uses the route.

The new timetable will start from the 20th February, and will also improve connections with other bus services in Coleford.

Gloucestershire County Council is aware of the importance of buses to lots of people in the county, and prioritises those services that help those most in need.

Last year, the county council made changes to subsidised services in the Forest of Dean. The cost per passenger of subsidising some of these services in this way was very high, with charges of up to £15.76 per passenger per return journey, so changes had to be made to make them more affordable.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “We need to make sure our bus services are efficient as we can, because that helps us protect vital routes across the county. 

“We’ve listened really carefully to what people in the Forest of Dean have told us – and I’m pleased we’ve found a way to improve such a popular service as the 35.”

For more information on timetable changes and a map of the route, please visit www.travelinesw.com/.

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