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Reays to continue running coastal bus service

Reays runs the service. Credit: ITV Border

A popular bus service running along the west Cumbria coastline has been saved.

Reays, which runs the number 60 route between Silloth and Maryport, had gained permission to end the service, and it was due to stop on 26 March.

But local campaigners fought to save the route, and Workington's Labour MP Sue Hayman and local Tory councillor Tony Markley worked together with Cumbria Council Council's, and Reays, to find a way to keep it going.

The company now says it will stay open, but is considering making changes to the timetable to make the service more viable, these would come into place towards the end of the year.

The company also says that because it doesn't get financial support to run the route, it could still close down if it isn't used frequently enough.

We have had cross-party backing from local politicians to get the service re-instated and there has been a lot of vocal support from passengers, which we have listened to.

Now we have received notification from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner to reinstate the Service 60 on short notice, without the mandatory 56 days’ notice, which would have meant a gap of three weeks beyond March 26.

But we are not receiving any financial support to run it, so we are going to continue with it and see how it goes. However, I must stress that if the number 60 service isn’t used, it will be lost. We cancelled it because it we were losing money on it and it can’t continue at a loss,"

– Chris Reay, managing director