Bus services under review

Nelson bus station.
Nelson bus station.
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A number of evening and Sunday bus services in Pendle are under review by Lancashire County Council.

The council is proposing to reduce support for buses to focus on maintaining services during the daytime and ensure the county’s most vulnerable people can access public transport.

People are being asked for their views on plans to save £3.8m over two years which would see funding withdrawn for evening and Sunday services that currently receive council subsidies to allow them to operate.

The proposals are being consulted on as part of the council’s budget for 2014, as it confronts an unprecedented financial challenge, needing to save £300m over the next four years due to central government cuts.

In addition, the council proposes to invest a further £500,000 in dial-a-ride services to ensure community transport providers have the capacity to cater for those most in need.

In Pendle, the services under review are:

l The Sunday service between Colne and Nelson via Boundary Mill.

l The Monday-Saturday evening service between Higherford and Worsthorrne.

l The Sunday service between Higherford and Burnley.

l The Sunday circular service starting and finishing in Clitheroe and serving Nelson, Barrowford, Blacko and the Pendleside villages.

l The last bus on Monday-Saturday night from Burnley to Barnoldswick which leaves Nelson at 10-44pm and Colne at 10-58pm.

l The evening service on Monday-Saturday between Colne and Burnley via Marsden Park.

County Coun. John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We would never have chosen to be in this financial situation but have to find ways to drastically reduce our budget due to cuts imposed by central government.

“Our first priority is to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society but to achieve this we have to look at everything we do and propose some difficult solutions.

You can view the consultation documents and the full list of services affected at www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay and respond on the website. You can also email responses to lcc.bus.services@lancashire.gov.uk or by post to: Bus and Supported Transport Manager, Lancashire County Council, Room D3, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD. The closing date for responses is Friday, January 10th.