Thursday, 24 August 2017

Evening Services from the Bus Station Relocated as Interior Refurbishment Begins.

When we said that Lancaster Bus Station would re-open "following the completion of the refurbishment works", what we SHOULD have said was that it was the external work that was complete.

As some people have pointed out, not a lot appeared to have been done to the inside of the station! The good news is that internal repainting and improvements to the passenger entrance will start after the bank holiday on Tuesday 29th August and continue until 1st September.

More good news is that this work will be done at night to minimise inconvenience to passengers. After 19.00hrs each evening all buses will leave from the "Night Stand" adjacent the taxi rank on Damside Street, which is usually used for departures after the bus station closes at 23.30 each evening including the overnight Scottish coaches. Sadly, the reduced evening service now operating in Lancaster means that all evening buses can be accommodated on this stand, at least for the period of the works during which the extra service 3s to the University will not be running.

Stagecoach will arrange supervision and notices to inform passengers, which at the suggestion of the Bus Users Group will include a map to indicate where the "Night Stand" is, although it should be easy to find as the picture below shows.
The "Night Stand" on Damside Street that will be used for all departures
 after 1900 during internal refurbishment of the bus station.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Bus Station to Re-open after early completion of refurbishment works.

Lancaster bus station will re-open fully from start of service on Friday, 18th August and all services will revert to their normal routes in the city centre, much to the relief of passengers who have been enduring the "summer" weather at the unprotected stops in Dalton Square for the last few weeks!

The refurbishment works were originally due to last up until the beginning of September, but have been completed ahead of schedule by the City Council and its contractors.

Work will continue for a short while to make Stand 1 more accessible to passengers in wheelchairs, following a campaign by Cameron Redpath - a Bus Users' Group member and passenger on the Ridge bus, so both this stand and adjacent stand 2 will remain closed. Stagecoach staff will be on hand to direct passengers to the alternative departure stands.

The Bus Users' Group has been observing the part-closure and the alternative arrangements and will be compiling a report on the exercise in the hope of avoiding some of the problems that have occurred should it become necessary to relocate buses away from the bus station for any reason in the future, but in the meantime our Congratulations and thanks are due to the Council and the Contractors as well as to Stagecoach for managing the process.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Minor Changes to Stagecoach Services in September

From Stagecoach's website:

Changes to timetables in Lancaster from 4 September 2017
From Monday 4 September we will be introducing some changes to services in Lancaster. The below is a summary of the changes and timetables will be available shortly.
Service 2/2A/N2 – We have re-timed some Monday to Friday journeys to improve reliability and this service will no longer stop at China Street in the city centre.
Service 5 – The Monday to Friday 0740 journey from Morecambe and the 0815 from Carnforth have been retimed to run 10 minutes earlier to improve reliability.
Service 55 – The Monday to Friday 1522 journey from Carnforth has been re-timed slightly to improve reliability.
Service 40/40A/41 – The 1640 40A School journey from Preston College has been re-timed to run 15 minutes later. Monday – Saturday evenings journeys and Sunday journeys have also been re-timed to improve reliability.
Services 500, 501, 502, 504 and Service 935– Minor timetable changes to improve punctuality.

The Bus Users' Group will post the new timetables as soon as they are available.