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Preston Bus Station information centre faces the axe

Posted on - 7th March, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston News

Inside the new look Bus Station Pic: Paul Melling

Inside the new look Bus Station Pic: Paul Melling

An information centre within the city’s nearly refurbished Bus Station is being eyed up for closure.

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Lancashire County Council says it will save tens of thousands of pounds-a-year to shut the info point on the concourse.

A consultation has been launched running until Sunday 29 April about the proposals.

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Leader of the county council county councillor Geoff Driver said: “We’re committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, and particularly to protecting services for the most vulnerable in our communities.

“However, like many other local authorities, our financial position remains extremely challenging, with a forecasted funding gap of over £144m in 2021/22, which means we have to make some difficult decisions to balance the books.

“We know that many people value the services provided by these information centres. At the same time, train operating companies and bus operators work hard to make it easier for people to access information and buy tickets via machines at stations, and many people now choose to do this online.

“We’re holding an eight-week consultation to help us better understand the effect on users of closing these centres, and I would ask people to let us know how this will impact them.”

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The county council also wantys to shut Nelson and Clitheroe interchanges info points and the one at Carnforth railway station. The move would save £156,000-a-year.

Anyone wanting to give their views can do so online via the county council’s website or by picking up a questionnaire at the Bus Station information point.

An information centre operated by Preston Bus, within the Bus Station, is not affected by the changes.

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