State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has welcomed the announcement that bus services will be expanded to include parts of Fletcher in Newcastle’s western suburbs.
Public transport has been a major issue in the western suburbs, with many of the newer, growing suburbs left without workable public transport options.
The 261 bus route will be extended to include the Hidden Waters Estate at Fletcher and will mean that hundreds of additional families will now be able to access a regular bus service.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“This is a great win for the local community who have been pushing hard for a bus service into their estate.”
“This will mean students will now be able to catch the local bus to school or the University without having to walk long distances.”
“It will also mean locals are able to get to Wallsend or Jesmond to do their shopping without the need for their car.”
“Minmi Road is already heavily congested and anything that will help reduce the number of cars on the road is very welcome.”
“It will also mean less cars at schools for drop offs and pickups, which is a good outcome for everyone.”
“The new service will be very welcomed by people in the western suburbs and I will continue to work with the local community to see additional services added and routes extended.”
“It’s great to see the Government has finally listened to residents after so many years of fighting for this service.”