Rossendale village could lose bus service

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A ROSSENDALE village could be left without a bus service as the county council is set to decide whether to withdraw a key route.

Newchurch will lose its 63A/63C service – provided by Rossendalebus – on January 28.

The circular route is the only one which links the village with Rawtenstall and Waterfoot.

Lancashire County Council has proposed an identical Monday to Saturday replacement service for a period of six months to allow for a full review of its subsidised runs to take place.

Currently, buses run hourly in each direction through Higher Cloughfold and Newchurch, with 71,000 passenger trips per year, according to county council data collected from ticket machines.

The six-month replacement service will cost £22,500, but there is no guarantee it will continue beyond that period. A report by the county council’s executive director for environment acknowledges that cancelling the service could leave villagers isolated.

It reads: “While alternative services are available between Rawtenstall and Waterfoot along Bacup Road there would be no services available for the whole Newchurch area.

“In the event that a replacement service between Rawtenstall and Waterfoot via Newchurch was not provided, this area would be left without access to public transport during Monday to Saturday daytime.”

The authority advised county councillors, including Rossendale North’s Tony Winder, of the service’s withdrawal and asked for their views but no comments were received.

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2:06pm Mon 7 Jan 13

tiojo says...

"with 71,000 passenger trips per year"

That's about 200 passengers a day. You'd think someone would be able to make it pay at that rate of usage.
"with 71,000 passenger trips per year" That's about 200 passengers a day. You'd think someone would be able to make it pay at that rate of usage. tiojo
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2:35pm Mon 7 Jan 13

marcusbrfc95 says...

Why would you remove a bus service from a whole area? Honestly bus companies theses days are useless, just make everything more hard work.
Why would you remove a bus service from a whole area? Honestly bus companies theses days are useless, just make everything more hard work. marcusbrfc95
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3:39pm Mon 7 Jan 13

her from here says...

Put it back to how it was and let the 483 run over Newchurch between Burnley and Bury as it did for years before some idiot changed it,
It runs every half hour as it always did without any problems or complaints.
Put it back to how it was and let the 483 run over Newchurch between Burnley and Bury as it did for years before some idiot changed it, It runs every half hour as it always did without any problems or complaints. her from here
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8:01pm Mon 7 Jan 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

It will be more passengers than the quoted figure anyway. I get a week rover (just a weekly bus ticket like a megarider for those outside Rossendale) and while I don't use this bus service I do use Rossendale busses a lot and all I do is flash my pass, the driver doesn't press a button or anything so I wont be logged every time.
It will be more passengers than the quoted figure anyway. I get a week rover (just a weekly bus ticket like a megarider for those outside Rossendale) and while I don't use this bus service I do use Rossendale busses a lot and all I do is flash my pass, the driver doesn't press a button or anything so I wont be logged every time. HelmshoreMan2010
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5:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

TheReality says...

tiojo wrote:
"with 71,000 passenger trips per year"

That's about 200 passengers a day. You'd think someone would be able to make it pay at that rate of usage.
199 of which are probably people who get free travel unlike me who has to pay stupid amounts if I was daft enough to use the crappy buses in the first place!
[quote][p][bold]tiojo[/bold] wrote: "with 71,000 passenger trips per year" That's about 200 passengers a day. You'd think someone would be able to make it pay at that rate of usage.[/p][/quote]199 of which are probably people who get free travel unlike me who has to pay stupid amounts if I was daft enough to use the crappy buses in the first place! TheReality
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