Tuesday, 8 March 2016

County Council Reprieves Some Local Bus Services

Service 89 has been saved!
Lancashire County Council has decided today to continue to provide a number of supported bus services that were set to be discontinued in April. The Council has allocated £2M to allow a number of bus services throughout Lancashire to escape the axe.  The services concerned will provide basic daytime services to areas that would otherwise have been left without any bus service and do not include any evening or Sunday services.

In Lancaster, services 33, 51 and 89 will now continue with reduced timetables and an extra early evening journey will be added to Stagecoach's commercial service 81 to help people get home from work. Stagecoach has already announced that it will provide commercial journeys on Sundays on service 5 and will extend service 49 beyond Halton to provide a service to the Kellets, Carnforth and Warton. The company will also run some extra early evening services on Lancaster city routes.

The Lancaster District Bus Users' Group welcomes the County Council's decision and agrees that this is the best use of the limited funding that the council now has available for bus services. Whilst we are naturally disappointed that many evening and Sunday journeys will be lost we would be interested in working with parish councils or local communities to explore ways of restoring these via alternative funding sources.

The following timetables will now be introduced on 3rd April 2016 

Please note that the documents are advance copies and are not prepared to the usual standards of presentation for public copies. As soon as these are available we will link to them instead. Lancaster District Bus Users' Group presents these timetables in good faith but cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or changes made subsequent to the start of the services concerned. Passengers are advised to check nearer to the date of travel.

Services not listed below are expected to continue unchanged except services 1, 5B, 5C, 55C and 81A, which are withdrawn.

5  Overton - Morecambe - Carnforth
7  Lancaster - Vale
10 Lancaster - Ridge
11 Lancaster - Marsh
33 Morecambe - Bare (Circular)
42 Lancaster - Blackpool:  Journeys operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire in the evenings will be withdrawn as will the last journey in each direction on Sundays operated by Stagecoach
49  Lancaster - Halton - Carnforth - Warton
51 Carnforth - Silverdale
55 Lancaster - Hest Bank - Carnforth - Warton
80 Lancaster - Ingleton
81 Lancaster - Kirkby Lonsdale
89 Lancaster - Knott End
555 Lancaster - Keswick (new timetable from 19th March 2016)
755 Morecambe - Bowness (new timetable from 19th March 2016)