Fulwood residents are set to have a bus service in their area subsidised by the county council.Advertisement
Transport boss councillor Tim Ashton has approved a four month temporary service for Broadwood Drive after Rotala Preston Bus announced they were withdrawing the service.
The 19/19a route which currently stops on Broadwood Drive and serves 45,000 passengers a year from and to the Fulwood Road will have its route changed.
Cabinet member for transport councillor Ashton choose to have Lancashire County Council step in and set up a new bus service to replace the 19.
The 4b service will run from Preston City Centre and take in Garstang Road, Sharoe Green Lane, Broadwood Drive, Tower Lane and then back down Sharoe Green Lane and Garstang Road to the city centre.
Council officers estimate the taxpayer will shell out an estimated £55,000 subsidy to run the local service. After revenue from passengers is taken into account its estimated the four months of operation will cost £18,500.
Documents released by the county council show Cllr Ashton ignored advice from officers to re-route the existing 4a service to provide an hourly service for Broadwood Drive residents and not burden the taxpayer.
In a report on three options available to Cllr Ashton, officers wrote: “This proposal amends the route and timetable of Service 4A to loop Broadwood Drive in both directions and terminate at Conway Drive in Fulwood.
“This would provide an hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service for those residents of Broadwood Drive unable to access the frequent services on Sharoe Green Lane.
“However, in order to accommodate this diversion within existing resources, Lightfoot Lane and Wychnor would be reduced in frequency from half hourly to hourly during Monday to Saturday daytime.
“This section of route represents an average 350 weekly passenger trips made to and from Lightfoot Lane and Wychnor, broken down to around 60 passenger trips per day, equating to approximately 5 per journey.
“This proposal would not increase the current costs to provide Service 4A, where additional fares revenue from Broadwood Drive may improve the longer term sustainability of the route.”
The 4b service will start from Monday 4 March when the Preston Bus’ 19 service will stop calling at Broadwood Drive.
The county council state a full review of all local services in the Fulwood area will take place in the coming months.
View the full reports on the decision by the county council.
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