John Brunskill owner of JSB Travel, who has operated a private bus service in Newton Aycliffe for 15 years, rang Newton News to inform us he had taken over the 116 route.
Central Coaches ceased running this service, due to lack of support, but JSB have taken it on, with a subsidy from Durham County Council.
The time table will be exactly the same which will be appreciated by passengers especially from School Aycliffe and Heighington who were cut off completely from Aycliffe.
One lady in Heighington with an appointment in Newton Aycliffe had to take the bus to Darlington and then a bus to Newton Aycliffe – a 2 hour round trip for a 5 minute journey down the road.