Thursday, 7 July 2011

Changes to Local Bus Services

Public Transport is on it's knee's with more and more services withdrawn such as the 464 and No 12 service. It's not that there are less potential patrons in my view but that that there is an under selling and subsequent unde rusage.

Withdrawel of passenger real time information where GPS live informatioon had been rolled out in Preston is a backward step by Lancashire Councty Council.

It goes beyond that. Bus de-regualtion has failed. Bus subsidies have doubled over the 25 years in real terms whilst profitable routes have buses running for very little profit as they share custom to thinly. GM Buses have calculated there subsidey for less routes has risen from £18m in 1986 at todays money, to £41m this year.

I met with Maria Eagle, Labours transport spokesperson twice this week and it is clear the systme is not working as more routes are lost.

From 1 August 2011 Pilkington Bus will revise their Hyndburn Local bus services by withdrawing all Saturday journeys on the following services:
Current Position

Service 3/3A Accrington – Huncoat
This service currently operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime between Accrington and Huncoat. Service 3 runs clockwise and Service 3A runs anti-clockwise around Huncoat village.

Service 4/4A Accrington – Oswaldtwistle Merlin Drive
This service currently operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime between Accrington and Oswaldtwistle Merlin Drive. Service 4 runs clockwise and Service 4A runs anti-clockwise serving the High Street/Fielding Lane area of Oswaldtwistle.

Service 5/8 Accrington – Pendleton Avenue Circular
This service currently operates every 30 minutes in each direction Monday to Friday daytime and every hour in each direction Saturday daytime between Accrington, Dill Hall, Church, Oswaldtwistle and Spring Hill back into Accrington. Service 5 runs anti-clockwise and Service 8 run clockwise around the circular route

Service 11 Accrington – Fern Gore
This service currently operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime between Accrington and Fern Gore.

From 1 August 2011

Service 3/3A Accrington – Huncoat
Pilkington Bus will revise the timetable withdrawing all Saturday journeys.

Service 4 Accrington – Merlin Drive
Pilkington Bus will revise the timetable withdrawing all Saturday journeys.

Service 5/5A/8/8A Accrington – Pendleton Avenue Circular
Pilkington Bus will revise the route and timetable, reinstating the previous established route In Milnshaw, alternate half-hourly journeys will serve Lupin Road or Victoria Hospital, and in Accrington all journeys will serve Victoria Street and Nuttall Street, no longer serving Eagle Street or Paradise Street.

The timetable will be revised withdrawing all Saturday journeys.

Service 11 Accrington – Fern Gore
Pilkington Bus will revise the timetable increasing Monday to Friday to operate every 20 minutes but withdrawing all Saturday journeys.

Proposals for consideration

Service 3/3A Accrington – Huncoat
The proposal is not to provide a replacement Saturday service as Transdev Burnley & Pendle provide alternative Saturday Mainline bus services covering the majority of the route every 30 minutes daytime and hourly evening.

Service 4 Accrington – Merlin Drive
Service 11 Accrington – Fern Gore
The proposal is to consider whether a replacement Saturday service, based on the current timetable and route, would meet the County Council's financial guidelines.

Service 5/8 Accrington – Pendleton Avenue Circular
The proposal is to consider whether a replacement Saturday service, based on the current timetable along the new route, would meet the County Council's financial guidelines.