Two Herefordshire bus companies have stepped in to ensure the continuation of services to passengers once First Midland cease operations in the county in September.
Yeoman’s Canyon Travel will be providing Hereford area services both commercial and subsidised at similar times to the existing First journeys and DRM will be covering journeys on service 420 Hereford – Bromyard – Worcester.
First Midland currently operates the majority of commercial services in Hereford urban area comprising the following services: 71 Credenhill, 72 Bobblestock,74 Newton Farm, 75 Belmont –Tupsley,78,79,79A,88,88A Hinton, Putson, Redhill, Saxon Gate, Rotherwas.
It also operates a council contract which includes the following services: 426 Bodenham, 437/477 Tillington, 446 Eardisley/Almeley, 453/454 Fownhope/Woolhope.
Cllr Paul Rone, cabinet member roads and transport said, “I am pleased that local providers have stepped in so quickly after First Midland announced they are pulling out of the county. It’s comforting to know that none of the current services will be disrupted.
I’d like to thanks Yeoman’s Canyon Travel and DRM for their commitment to ensuring passenger disruption is avoided.”
The closure of Hereford depot was announced together with closure of other First Bus depots in Bracknell and Newcastle-under-Lyne in the Potteries as part of First Midland’s review.