Attempts to keep a bus service running to the Longsands area of the city have failed.Advertisement
The Number 14 service is now terminating at Holme Slack.
Preston Bus said it was no longer viable to serve Ronaldsway and Longsands.
A petition had been set up calling on Preston Bus to change their mind and also Lancashire County Council to step in and subsidise the service. More than 1,100 people signed the petition.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “This service is run on a commercial basis by Preston Rotala Bus and the decision to change the route has been made by the operator.
“We have made enquiries with other local bus service providers, unfortunately none are prepared to provide a service.”
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Garrison ward councillor Anna Hindle, who has the route within her ward, has been lobbying for an extension to the service which was cut back on Monday 3 September.
This morning whilst taking this photograph at the bus stop behind the Anderton Arms in Longsands a lady asked me if there were any public buses today – the lack of lead time and lack of information for residents has been a disgrace! pic.twitter.com/TIzn6t0rjV
— Anna Hindle (@hindleanna) September 4, 2018
She said: “I personally feel that Rotala have an ethical and social responsibility to honour the public transport service that you are providing to the whole of Preston, irrespective of how profitable it is.”
Announcing the change in early August the bus company said the service will operate half-hourly Monday to Saturday during the daytime.
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Speaking at the time a spokesman for Preston Bus said: “Following a commercial review of all our services, Preston Bus regrettably announces that from 3 September 2018, service 14 will terminate at Holme Slack, Lily Grove and will no longer serve the Ronaldsway and Longsands area.
“Unfortunately, due to a constant decline in patronage the extended service through Ronaldsway to Longsands service is no longer sustainable.
“Whilst it is little comfort to those affected, this decision has not been taken likely but is necessary.”
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