All the new timetables that will apply during the Greyhound Bridge closure, between 29th January and next August are now available online, both from Stagecoach and Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.
Almost every service in the city will have some changes made to times. Those which normally cross the river are most affected of course with buses having 10 to 20 minutes added to their running times.
Through services between Lancaster University, Morecambe and Heysham (services 2 2A 3 and 4) will operate as two separate services with through passengers required to change at the bus station. However through fares will continue to be available between connecting buses.
Even services that don't cross the river are affected with extra running time being added to allow for the effects of expected traffic congestion in the city centre.
The following services will have significant changes
18 East Lancaster Circular. Frequency reduced from every 30 to every 40 minutes with a completely new timetable.
41 Morecambe - Lancaster - Preston: Most journeys will operate between Lancaster and Preston only. Passengers for Morecambe will have to change at the bus station on to other services.
New service U2: Lancaster - University via Bowerham: Evening journeys are reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 during university vacations.
New service U3 Lancaster - University via Greaves Road: The daytime service along Greaves Road will operate only during university terms. In the vacations a half-hourly service will continue to be provided by service U3R. Greaves Road is also served by the 40, 41 and 42.
All these changes, including the service reductions are temporary and full services will be restored after the works are completed. Stagecoach tell us that they are sorry they have had to make cuts to services during the holidays but point out that due to the closure they have had to provide a significant number of extra buses and drivers just to keep existing services running. As they will receive no compensation from the county council for the extra cost and loss of income caused by the roadworks they feel they have no alternative but to make some temporary reductions to services that are heavily-used by students in term time but not in the holidays.