Saturday, 23 January 2021



Lancaster Bus Users' Group has called upon Lancashire County Council to implement a temporary relaxation on the use of English National Concessionary Bus Passes (NoW Cards) to support the roll out of the government's Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Three major vaccination centres have been established in the Lancaster District at the Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University, Lancaster Town Hall and Morecambe Football Ground. All three sites are easily accessible by bus but the Group is concerned that older people, especially those living a distance from any of the sites, will be put off accepting morning appointments if they have to travel before 09.30 and pay high fares to reach them.  Reductions in bus service levels from Monday, 25th January will also hake it harder for people, with many services reducing to one bus per hour or less.

In a letter to Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, the Group has asked that the ban on free travel before 09.30 be lifted at least until the end of the current phase of the rollout by when most older and more vulnerable people will have been vaccinated.

How to reach the vaccination centres

The Health Innovation Campus is served by buses 1A, 4, 40, 41, 42 and 100, which between them provide seven buses an hour from the city centre. Buses 1A 41 and 100 operate a through service from Morecambe. The nearest bus stops are on the A6 near the entrance to the campus site.

Lancaster Town Hall is served by all buses to the city centre bus stops in George Street and Common Garden Street. For other services, the nearest stop is Lancaster Bus Station.

Morecambe FC Football Ground (currently known as the Mazuma Stadium) is on Christie Way off Westgate and is served by bus 6A from Morecambe centre and Lancaster. The nearest stop is on Westgate near the junction with Christie Way.