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Cotswold villages remain on the route to Cheltenham thanks to county council and bus companies

A bus service connecting some of the Cotswolds' prettiest villages to Cheltenham has been saved thanks to Gloucestershire County Council funding and a Gloucestershire bus company.

Until the end of October, the W1 and W2 services between Bishop's Cleeve, Winchcombe and Cheltenham will be run by Marchant's Coaches on a contract funded by the council.

The 606 service that links Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe and Chetlenham, and also run by Marchant's was also part of that contract.

Marchant's who have run the service since 2015 decided not to bid for the new contract.

Stagecoach have recently announced that a new W service will run between Winchcombe and Cheltenham, via Prestbury without council funding.

As a result, the council put together a route to link the remaining communities not served by the Stagecoach W service.

Keeping the 606 number it will be operated by Pulham's and will connect Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Gretton, Greet, Bishop's Cleeve, Prestbury and Cheltenham.

The 606 service will receive a council subsidy and start on Monday, October 28 the same day that the Stagecoach W will commence.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for public and community transport said: "In July we reassured passengers who use the W1, W2 and 606 bus services that they would not be left without transport.

"I'm pleased that we have been able to appoint well respected operator Pulham's to maintain a link between these key Cotswold locations."

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