Five Pendle bus services face axe

Blue Tourist bus. Coach. Vector illustration
Blue Tourist bus. Coach. Vector illustration
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FIVE bus services in Pendle face the axe as part of Lancashire County Council’s programme of cuts.

The services – four of them daily off-mainline routes and the fifth a school bus – are said to be not used well enough to recoup the cost of supporting them.

The four regular services scheduled to be withdrawn are:

l Colne-Lenches-Bunkers Hill bus (Service 16).

l Nelson-Barrowford-Colne (Service 68).

l Nelson-Valley Mills (Service 97).

l Nelson-Marsden Heights (Service 98).

Also facing withdrawal is the bus taking 10 children each day from Nelson to St John Thursby Community College in Burnley.

The proposals to withdraw the services are currently being put out for public consultation, along with the rest of the council’s budget plans.

These will be brought back to the Cabinet meeting on February 3rd, when members will then agree a final budget recommendation to go to the full meeting of the county council for approval on February 17th.

l The Cabinet has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a three-year budget proposal.

Rather than the usual annual budget process, the county council is seeking to give clarity about its future by setting out plans for a £71.7m saving in 2011-12, followed by a further £50m in 2012-13 and another £57.4m in 2013-14 – a total of £179.1m over three years.

The county council element of council tax would be frozen next year, with any increases in the following two years limited to a maximum of 2.5%.

Leader County Coun. Geoff Driver said: “We want to be transparent about how we are going to lead the county council through this incredibly challenging period.”