Dozens of changes have been announced to Preston’s bus network.Advertisement
More than £1million has been pumped into restoring and revamping bus routes to and from the city.
Lancashire County Council has agreed to extra funding to ‘restore links links between communities’.
A number of the new services kick in from Monday 11 December with Preston Bus operating many of them.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “A good public transport network is vital to support our economy, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to access work and education. It also plays a vital role in helping people to carry out everyday tasks such as doing their shopping, visiting family and friends, and getting to health appointments.
“All county councillors have been involved in shaping these improvements by offering their local knowledge about where people will most benefit by being able to use public transport where there’s currently no service at all, or where having more frequent services will make using the bus a much more convenient option than it is at present.
“We’ve worked hard to make sure these proposals make the most impact with the resources available and have already had some really positive feedback from people who have told us that these improved services will make a real difference to them.
“A number of improvements to services will start in December but we’re also continuing discussions with bus operators in some areas of the county where we think the best option is to enhance an existing commercial service to better serve communities.”
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Key changes in Preston include a new dedicated 29 service for Frenchwood, a service along Mill Lane in Cadley, more frequency to the 75 service around the back of the Docks, improved frequency of buses in the Pedder Street, Ashton Street and Wellfield Road areas.
A new direct bus from Preston to Chorley Hospital is also being launched.
Managing director of Preston Bus Bob Dunn said: “Preston Bus is pleased to be working with Lancashire County Council to deliver its aspirations for a comprehensive bus network across the County. The award of the new contracts provide an opportunity for the company to grow, and within the last month we are pleased to announce we have recruited 20 trainee bus drivers.
“After passing through the company’s driver training school, the new recruits will be helping to operate the new network. A direct benefit of the revised network will be Preston Bus providing an additional 30 full time, permanent driving jobs in addition to further boosting the company’s skilled engineering apprenticeship scheme. In the fullness of time, we hope to be able to invest in new vehicles for the services, suited specifically to rural routes, in partnership with the Council.”
Here’s all the new or revised services in and around Preston:
1 Walton-le-Dale Park and Ride continue to operate with no planned changes at this time.
13 Preston – Broadgate – Penwortham service will be withdrawn and replaced by revised service 114.
29 Preston – Frenchwood new service introduced to replace service 112 on this section of route.
112 Preston – Bamber Bridge – Clayton Brook – Clayton Green – Leyland revised route and timetable, extending service from Bamber Bridge through to Leyland via Walton Summit, Clayton Brook, Bent Lane and Langdale Road. No longer serving Sainsburys, alternative shopping facilities on the route. General frequency hourly – in conjunction with Service 114, frequency every 30 minutes between Clayton Brook and Leyland.
114 Preston – Penwortham – Farington Moss – Leyland – Clayton Green – Clayton Brook – Chorley centre – Eaves Lane revised route and timetable, extending service from Leyland through to Preston via Moss Side, Midge Hall, Farington Moss, Whitestake, Penwotham and Broadgate (to reinstate previously withdrawn commercial service and replace Service 13). To provide a direct link to Chorley Hospital from Preston. No longer serve Walton Summit, which will be covered by extended Service 112. General frequency hourly – in conjunction with Service 112, frequency every 30 minutes between Clayton Brook and Leyland.
Service 77/77A will provide an improved service to the Cadley, Mill Lane and Cottam, Hoyles Lane areas. Please see further details below.
2 Clitheroe – Low Moor circular: to revise route and timetable to operate solely for Henthorn/Low Moor sections of route. Other parts of route covered by proposed reinstatement of Peel Park Circular Service 4. General frequency retained at every 30 minutes.
3 Clitheroe – Sawley circular: new service maintaining the link from Sawley (previously Service 7A) whilst reinstating a service along Pimlico Road. General frequency retained at 2 hourly off-peak.
5 Clitheroe – Whalley – Longridge – Chipping: to revise timetable to improve overall service reliability. Route adjustment in Clitheroe with the proposed reinstating of Peel Park Circular Service 4. Pendle Road will continue to be served and as well as the new development at Barrow Brook (off A59). General frequency retained at every 90minutes/2 hourly.
25/25A Clitheroe – Whalley – Brockhall – Mellor – Blackburn: to revise route and timetable, extending the service through from Mellor through to Clitheroe via Brockhall and Whalley partially replacing Service 15/15A. General frequency retained every hour between Blackburn & Mellor, 2 hourly through to Clitheroe/Mellor Brook.
35 Longridge – Ribchester – Blackburn: to revise timetable to improve overall service reliability. General frequency enhanced to hourly.
Service X80/280 is now operated on a fully commercial basis, and no changes are planned to the service at this time.
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The current Fylde Network of services will be thoroughly revised, with a number of improvements introduced.
74 Poulton – Blackpool Victoria Hospital – Blackpool service withdrawn and fully replaced by services 76 and 77.
75 Preston – Kirkham – Poulton – Thornton – Cleveleys – Fleetwood revised route and timetable to improve overall service reliability. Route amended between Thornton and Fleetwood to additionally serve Cleveleys and Pheasants Wood. General frequency enhanced from 2 hourly to hourly.
76 Lytham – Wrea Green – Kirkham – Elswick – Great Eccleston – Poulton – Blackpool new service reinstating a number of links along the route. Frequency 2 hourly – in conjunction with Service 77, frequency enhanced to hourly between Elswick and Blackpool.
77 Preston – Inskip – Elswick – Great Eccleston – Poulton – Blackpool new service partially replacing Services 75A/80, extending through to Blackpool Frequency 2 hourly – in conjunction with Service 76, frequency enhanced to hourly between Elswick and Blackpool. In conjunction with Service 77A, frequency enhanced to hourly between Preston and Great Eccleston.
77A Preston – Inskip – Elswick – Great Eccleston – Myerscough new service partially replacing Service 80. Route will serve Cadley Mill Lane area in Preston. Frequency 2 hourly – in conjunction with Service 77, frequency enhanced to hourly between Preston and Great Eccleston.
80 Preston – Inskip – Elswick – Great Eccleston – Myerscough service withdrawn and replaced by service 77/77A.
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5 / 6 Ormskirk town services continue to operate with no planned changes.
312 / 313 Skelmersdale continue to operate with no planned changes.
337 Chorley – Charnock Richard – Eccleston – Croston – Mawdesley – Parbold – Burscough – Ormskirk new service reinstating a number of links along the route, including serving Burscough Industrial Estate. General frequency 2 hourly – in conjunction with Service 347, frequency hourly between Chorley, Croston and Mawdesley.
347 Chorley – Charnock Richard – Eccleston – Croston – Mawdesley – Rufford – Southport revised route and timetable to additionally serve Croston. General frequency 2 hourly – in conjunction with Service 337, frequency hourly between Chorley, Croston and Mawdesley.
No changes are planned to any Preston Bus service not mentioned above.
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