A “GHOST” bus route has been restored in a Worcestershire village.

Those living in Stoulton will now have a regular bus service to and from Worcester and Pershore.

The service was abandoned by regular bus services following cutbacks and the speeding up of the remaining First Midland Red X50 Worcester-Pershore-Evesham service.

Timetable changes now mean that local residents will have an hourly bus service to and from Worcester and Pershore.

The move has been welcomed by campaigners from the Vale Public Transport Group.

Julian Palfrey, chairman of the Vale Public Transport Group (VPTG), said: “We have long been campaigning for better prominence and safety for bus stops and to boost usage by bringing the stops nearer to the people the buses serve.

“We are now seeking to relocate the Worcester bus stop on the main road at Drakes Broughton, currently near a blind bend with heavy, fast-moving traffic making it extremely difficult to cross the road in safety, particularly for the elderly and less mobile."

The Vale Group has now proposed moving the bus stop approximately 100 yards in the Worcester direction, where it would be close to the village's newly installed pedestrian crossing and with this move the shelter as well.

It hopes this will make it nearer to local amenities such as the village school, the church and the village hall.