Northumbrian services dwindling
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• Some rural bus services in Northumberland may be withdrawn because of the situation created by Morpeth rural council's refusal to pay an annual £1750 subsidy towards uneconomic services in its area. United Automobile Services Ltd has asked for £46,000 annually to maintain loss-making routes and all the councils concerned, with the exception of Morpeth, have agreed. Morpeth's share has been paid this year by Northumberland county council on top of its own £11,000 contribution. Berwick Corporation is understood to be considering curtailing its subsidy and other councils may follow. United Automobile Services say the services will not operate if the subsidies are withdrawn.