Friday, 5 March 2021

Buses Return to Ocean Edge

 Buses are set to return to Ocean Edge Holiday Park in Heysham after an absence of many years. The introduction of the summer timetable for Lakes services by Stagecoach on 27th March, just in time for the easing of Coronavirus restrictions on travel, will see service 755 (Heysham - Morecambe - Kendal - Bowness) extended in Heysham to provide a service to and from the Holiday Park.

Two morning departures, at 0935 and 1035, will allow visitors at the Park the opportunity of a day out in the Lakes with a return journey leaving Bowness at 1755. Two lunchtime return journeys are suitable for passengers seeking a shorter visit or perhaps a morning in Morecambe or Kendal.

The revised timetable is also suitable for local trips with new afternoon journeys allowing time in Morecambe or, by connection, Lancaster.  Day Rider and Explorer tickets will be valid and English Concessionary Bus Passes will be valid on all journeys.

In another change, the  extra weekend and school holiday morning journey from Morecambe Battery to Kendal is extended to start at Combermere Road. The journey will run up to twelve minutes earlier than now, although with extra running time being added it arrives at Kendal just three minutes earlier at 0934. However, this does improve the connection with the service 555 on to Keswick, which leaves at 0940. Unfortunately, the earlier departure means that there is no longer a connection on Sunday mornings into this bus from Lancaster at Euston Road, which was used by passengers wishing to make an earlier start to their Sundays in the Lakes than is allowed by the first through bus from Lancaster. This is especially important as the last southbound journey from the Lakes on a Sunday remains at the relatively early time of 1530 from Keswick and 1715 from Kendal.

Service 555

On the 555 itself the new timetable sees the re-introduction of the motorway journeys from Lancaster. As in previous summers these will run on all Saturdays as well as on Monday to Friday from the 28th June to the 1st October.  The summer timetable itself continues until 7th November.

The Bus Users' Group is pleased to see that Stagecoach continues to seek opportunities to develop new traffic and that the company has the confidence to operate a full service in the Lakes - and elsewhere - this summer. 

The new times can be read or downloaded from the following links

555 Lancaster - Keswick 

755 Ocean Edge - Bowness 

A full copy of the 2021 Lakes by Bus brochure is available here.