As most people know, the current 250 bus service ends on 31st December 2022, but Diamond and the County Council had arranged what was to have been a 3-months’ continuation. However, due to problems recruiting and retaining driving staff, Diamond has been unable to complete this period but the Council has worked closely with Diamond to secure continuity of service beyond the end of the current contract until new arrangements commence on Sunday 12th February 2023.
A revised timetable, starting on 3rd January 2023 until 11th February 2023, is shown in the attached and below. The main changes are:
- The off-peak and Saturday service is reduced to every two hours; and
- The first journeys will be later and the last journeys will be earlier.
There will be no Sunday services from Sunday 1st January, and no service on Monday 2nd January 2023.
The County Council regrets these temporary reductions in service but they expect these arrangements should secure a reliable operation over the first six weeks of the new year. Meanwhile, the County Council is currently inviting tenders for a new service starting from 12th February 2023, further details should be available shortly.