Late-night bus to West Craven will return

West Craven Conservatives react with delight at the news the last service to Barnoldswick is to be reinstated by operator Transdev after a subsidy agreement with Pendle Council. (S)
West Craven Conservatives react with delight at the news the last service to Barnoldswick is to be reinstated by operator Transdev after a subsidy agreement with Pendle Council. (S)

The last Mainline bus serving West Craven in an evening is set to be reinstated in June.

Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee has agreed to underwrite a lower £7,700 subsidy in the interim period with operator Transdev to reinstate the late night Mainline M1 service from June 6th.

The new Mainline M1 bus will depart from Burnley at 10-28pm serving Nelson, Colne, Earby and Barnolswick

Transdev Chief Executive

The route connects West Craven with Burnley and elsewhere in Pendle and was withdrawn when County Hall ended its share of the higher subsidy.

The committee is now to ask Pendle Council’s Executive and the bus working group at Lancashire County Council to take over the new subsidy and consider a 50/50 share. Failing that, Coun. Lyle Davy has said they will try and find alternative funding.

Coun. Davy said: “This is fantastic news. It is a much needed service for employment, and for young people to get in and out of Barlick to socialise. Figures showed there were 6,000 journeys a year on it, and there was a local petition of 600 signatures.

“Andrew Stephenson MP and I have been in contact with Transdev Chief Executive Alex Hornby to discuss the service, and we came to an agreement to restart it by reintroducing the subsidy at a much lower level.”

Mr Hornby said: “We’re very pleased to have worked alongside Coun. Davy and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson to help reintroduce the late evening Mainline bus service to Earby and Barnoldswick.

“The new Mainline M1 bus will depart from Burnley at 10-28pm serving Nelson, Colne, Earby and Barnolswick.

“There will also be an extra journey from Barnoldswick at 11-24pm back to Colne, Nelson and Queensgate.”