Deal keeps bus service running
A BUS that runs between Bristol and Dursley has been saved after council leaders stepped in to continue supporting the service.
But the 224 could be in jeopardy again in a year's time if not enough passengers use it.
The bus was included in a review of subsidised services that was aimed at saving Gloucestershire County Council £2 million. It was set to be withdrawn but concerns raised by users led to investigations into cheaper ways of subsidising the 224.
It costs the council £12 per passenger for a round trip but if more people use the bus it could fall to £8.
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A day return fare for an adult travelling between Dursley or Berkeley and Bristol will be £8 but a discounted ticket for ten journeys each way will be offered for £35, cutting the daily return rate to £7, cheaper than the peak-time return rail fare of £11.90.
A new operator, Thornbury-based Mike's Travel, will run the service from May 20, subject to approval from the bus industry regulator, the traffic commissioner. The service will then be reviewed in a year's time.
Chas Fellows, council cabinet member for economy and environment, said: "We received a number of concerns about the withdrawal of this service."