“I wonder how many people in the village realise that Arriva no longer provide a bus service between Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle via Hamsterley?
I understand that this is now provided by Aabat Taxis (01388 607607). The Service 88 runs from the Village at 07:55Hrs and returns from the bus station at 15:42Hrs and 17:40Hrs. The Service 88T (Taxibus), which has to be pre-booked by telephoning Aabat Taxis goes from Hamsterley at 10:15Hrs and 13:15Hrs and from Bishop Auckland Bus Station at 09:55Hrs and 12:55Hrs.
Yesterday I was picked up at the taxi rank alongside the bus station as Aabat are not allowed in the bus station with their taxis.
I must emphasize the need to pre-book because if it isn’t booked, it won’t be there.
From my experience yesterday, I know that Senior Citizens’ Bus Passes are accepted. For more detail, the man in charge at Aabat Taxis for this service is Mr Halliday who is a very helpful person.”
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