Lancashire TelegraphBus routes reach end of the line in Burnley and Pendle (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Bus routes reach end of the line in Burnley and Pendle

LANCASHIRE County Council is considering making changes to the bus services it subsidises in Burnley and Pendle.

County hall chiefs are reviewing their services because funding for the Pendle Green Line service, which links Colne, Nelson and Burnley, is coming to an end.

Since 2008 the service has run thanks to £350,000 development money paid by Boundary Mill when it opened at the end of the M65.

But with that money set to run out in March, the county council would be forced to find £110,000 a year to continue with that service in its current guise.

A county council spokesman said: “These proposals are designed to maintain a regular bus service to those areas of Burnley and Pendle where a sustainable demand exists.

“Whilst certain sections of the routes may see a reduction in Monday to Saturday service frequency from half hourly to hourly or hourly to two-hourly, most sections of routes in the area will continue to be served by a regular local bus service providing links to the destinations customers currently access.”

The changes to the Pendle Green Line service will see the Lenches Road route withdrawn, and changes made to the timetable. The number three bus, from Burnley to Rose Hill, will be withdrawn and replaced by numbers 65 and 95.

Bus 16 between Nelson, Barrowford and Colne will also be withdrawn and partially replaced by the number 93 and 96.

And the number 18, between Colne and Broken Banks, will be withdrawn completely.

A consultation is currently running on the proposed changes, with a final decision likely to be made by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, County Councillor Tim Ashton.

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