Berwick's New Hoppa Service
21 May 2013
Berwick's new Hoppa service is due to start on Thursday 30 May, and will offer a hail and ride bus service from the top to the bottom of the town centre, including Marygate and Bridge Street.
Funded by the Town Council, with help from a grant from the Community Transport Get Going Fund, which is administered by the County Council, the new service is being operated by Adapt North East. The first service is at 9.49 am from the station, the last at 2.15 pm
The blue sixteen seater bus will operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, on a loop including Berwick Railway Station, Castlegate, Marygate, Hide Hill, Bridge Street and across the bridge to Tweedmouth, where it will return back across to Golden Square and on to the station. In the main holiday season the route will include a pick-up and drop-off near Berwick Holiday Centre.
The cost of each trip will be £1.10, and is free to concession card holders.
Town Mayor Isabel Hunter said: We are delighted to have had a grant from the Get Going Fund to launch what we believe will be a really valuable service, both for residents and visitors. The town centre route will be of help to people staying in town, residents using the hospital and health centre facilities, and anyone wanting that bit of help to get from the top to the bottom of town or back again. We are keeping in touch with the Town Team, and hope the service will also benefit plans for the Charter Market and for the return of boat trips on the Tweed. We will keep the route under review, as we have already had requests to extend it into the Palace Green area and also along Dock Road in Tweedmouth.
The timetable is available at the Tourist Information Centre in Marygate and online at www.berwick-tc.gov.uk.