A NELSON county councillor has described the move to switch off electronic timetables at the town’s bus-rail interchange as “penny pinching”.
Lancashire County Council made the decision to switch off the timetables at five transport links across the county in February as part of the budget process and the need to find £179m. savings over the next three years.
As such, Nelson, Burnley, Chorley, Lancaster and Skelmersdale will lose the electronic timetables from December 1st.
But Coun. Mohammed Iqbal said: “The council has shown no regard for bus passengers.
“A lot of elderly people rely on knowing when and where their next bus is coming from or going to and do not own the latest gizmos to find out the information.
“The decision is very petty and smacks of penny pinching. As far as Nelson is concerned, it will result in a saving of around £5,000 a year.”
Andrew Varley, information and concessionary travel manager, said: “As a result of the local government finance settlement and existing budget pressures, Lancashire County Council identified the need to make savings of around £179m. and as such took the unprecedented step of publishing a three-year budget proposal in February this year.
“As part of the proposals, the decision was taken to withdraw funding for the information display systems at those bus stations which are managed by the county council.
“We will continue to provide information about buses on posters at the stations, and timetables will still be available on our website and the Traveline website, via SMS and mobile internet or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
Bus information is available on the county council’s website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/bustimes