Sunday night bus routes across Stoke-on-Trent axed by First Potteries

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Sunday evening bus routes across Stoke-on-Trent are to be withdrawn in a move by First Potteries to “improve punctuality”.

Twenty services run by the bus company, including the number 1, 2 and 10 buses, will be changed from February 21st, with Sunday routes after 7pm hit hardest.

Routes will be affected between Hanley bus station and destinations such as Longton, Abbey Hulton and Meir.

A large number of changes take place during Sunday evenings, with at least ten stops withdrawn from the timetable across all services.

Dan Flanagan, general manager at First Potteries, said: “We are making some slight changes to some of our services to improve punctuality in response to feedback from our customers.

“We monitor the performance, frequency and viability of our services on a weekly basis .

“From time to time we need to amend elements to reflect when and how our customers are using our service.”

Claire Walters, chief executive of Bus Users UK, stressed the importance of maintaining a weekend bus service.

She said: “The problem with losing weekend bus routes, people just assume everyone is using them for leisure purposes.

“They’re so vital, because a lot of people work at the weekends and during anti-social hours.

“Three times as many people go to work on the bus than any other form of public transport. People rely on them.”

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