Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Local Bus Operators Lead the Way to Free Vaccination Travel


Lancaster's local bus operators are leading the way to join an initiative by Lancashire County Council to provide free travel for anyone attending an appointment at an NHS Vaccination Centre, although it appears to have met with a lukewarm response from operators in some parts of the Council's area.

The Bus Users' Group understands that despite "a number of opportunities to confirm their participation" many operators have yet to do so.  The Bus Users' Group is, however, pleased to be able to confirm that both Stagecoach and Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire have agreed to join in. Other operators known to be participating are Blackpool Transport and Coastliner Buses, although the Council is requiring all of its tendered services to be included in the scheme, which will bring in a large number of other bus companies throughout those parts of Lancashire administered by the County Council.

Meanwhile in Furness, the Friends of the X112 have announced that they too will be providing free travel to vaccination centres on services between Coniston, Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.

Under the scheme, anyone with a confirmed appointment for a Covid jab can travel free of charge to and from their vaccination centre by showing proof of their appointment to the bus driver.

The initiative is expected to continue "until further notice".