STAGECOACH will be operating through Bream on a service that takes in Whitecroft from Monday.

Their commercial manager James O’Neill said: "The revised services around the Forest of Dean will come into operation on Monday, with the 23 service taking a route along Forest Road which will see it miss out the hospital (Lydney Hospital) and instead serve Bream via Whitecroft.

"Lydney Hospital will now be served by new service 777 operated by Lydney Dial-a-Ride".

He added: "We’re really pleased to offer a much improved service to the Whitecroft community, in response to feedback received during our March public consultation.

"Whilst it’s disappointing that we can no longer cover the stops at Lydney Hospital, the new Dial-a-Ride service will retain access for the small number of customers using those stops at present."

Dial-a-Ride in Lydney have said that this 777 bus service they will be taking on from Monday to Lydney Hospital which will accept the OAP free bus passes.

However, they have stressed that the concessionary pensioner bus passes are not accepted on the normal Dial-a-Ride transport.