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Ribble Valley MP 'vigorously opposes' changes to Bowland bus route
3:13pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
PROPOSED changes to the Bowland Transit bus service have been ‘vigorously opposed’ by the Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.
The decision to review the operation of the service and to consider proposals to revise the route and timetable to operate a reduced service between Clitheroe and Settle on Tuesdays and Saturdays only was published in August.
A decision on its future is set to be made by Ribble Valley Borough Council in October.
Mr Evans said: “The bus route serves an incredibly rural area of the Ribble Valley which by its very nature is remote.
“Many of the residents are elderly and do not have access to vehicles.
“It cannot have escaped the council’s attention that we are currently fighting to save Slaidburn Country Practice which serves the same residents as the bus service.
“Were the practice to close then elderly and vulnerable patients would only be able to travel to another GP on a Tuesday and only then on the reduced chance that they were able to get an appointment on that day alone.
“It seems grossly unfair that the infrastructure that serves this area is being systematically targeted to the detriment of the community.”
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