East Lancs bus tickets to cost just £1 after 7pm in new trial

Left to right, systems manager Mick Burke, bus driver Douglas Cowan and operations director John Threlfall

Left to right, systems manager Mick Burke, bus driver Douglas Cowan and operations director John Threlfall

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BUS trips this summer across East Lancashire could cost as little as £1 as part of a bid by an operator to share what our town centres have to offer.

Single journeys after 7pm within Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington are being reduced to a pound as part of a six-week trial initiative on Lancashire United and Lancashire Way services, run by Transdev.

And travelling further afield to Burnley, Bolton Clitheroe, Haslingden and Preston will only set passengers back £2, one way, from next Monday.

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Even catching the X41 service to Manchester, via Prestwich, will only be £6 for a round-trip under the scheme, which could be rolled out to services like Mainline, Starship and Hyndburn Connect if it proves to be successful.

John Threlfall, Trans-dev’s operations director, said: “By introducing our new evening fares, we hope to provide people with an affordable alternative to taxis and trains when getting about in the evenings.

“We’re keen to get more people on our buses after 7pm and see introducing lower fares, particularly at this time of year when people are making the most of longer evenings, as a wonderful way to do this.

“There’s such a lot to do in the evenings in our East Lancashire towns, from visiting friends and enjoying leisure facilities to eating out and visiting new pubs.”

The evening rate tickets are not currently available via the firm’s Lancashire Bus app, officials have advised, but must be purchased on board. Major investments have recently been made in a fleet of new WiFi friendly buses for both the 152 services, between Preston, Blackburn and Burnley, and the Witch Way route, linking Nelson, Burnley and Rawtenstall with Manchester.

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10:56am Wed 13 Aug 14

Black Car Guy. says...

How much is it return? LOL.
How much is it return? LOL. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 7

11:37am Wed 13 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I think this is a fantastic idea, I use the bus a lot and it is a bit odd seeing it so empty at night knowing the running costs are exactly the same. Makes more sense to take lots of £1 payments than no full payments.
I think this is a fantastic idea, I use the bus a lot and it is a bit odd seeing it so empty at night knowing the running costs are exactly the same. Makes more sense to take lots of £1 payments than no full payments. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 14

1:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

tenerc says...

Good idea not very useful..

if you look at bus route 1 to Bolton, I can only catch the 19.30 or 20.30 bus (only 2 that go to Bolton after 7pm) so I arrive at 20.30 or 21.30 the LAST bus home is 21.35 so for my £4 I get 1 hour or 5 min in Bolton!!!

Clithreoe.. 4 buses after 7pm last bus is 11pm so 3 hours in Clitheroe.. with is bustling night life ?

Burnley 3 after 7pm last bus 10.30pm so 2 hours

Preston 19.12/20.12 last bus home 9pm!(mon-thursday) gives you 1h5m or 10m, on Friday you`ll get about 3 hours

Manchester 19.41 & 21.21 gives you 5min or 1hour5min in Manchester going away for a night will cost you £12 by bus or £14.70 by train (giving you 2 whole days)

also £2 one way = £4 return, why not get a £6 silver day and spend the WHOLE day in the town?

this isn`t going to get people out of town, it`s going to be used for short journeys,

btw all the times are from and to Blackburn
Good idea not very useful.. if you look at bus route 1 to Bolton, I can only catch the 19.30 or 20.30 bus (only 2 that go to Bolton after 7pm) so I arrive at 20.30 or 21.30 the LAST bus home is 21.35 so for my £4 I get 1 hour or 5 min in Bolton!!! Clithreoe.. 4 buses after 7pm last bus is 11pm so 3 hours in Clitheroe.. with is bustling night life ? Burnley 3 after 7pm last bus 10.30pm so 2 hours Preston 19.12/20.12 last bus home 9pm!(mon-thursday) gives you 1h5m or 10m, on Friday you`ll get about 3 hours Manchester 19.41 & 21.21 gives you 5min or 1hour5min in Manchester going away for a night will cost you £12 by bus or £14.70 by train (giving you 2 whole days) also £2 one way = £4 return, why not get a £6 silver day and spend the WHOLE day in the town? this isn`t going to get people out of town, it`s going to be used for short journeys, btw all the times are from and to Blackburn tenerc
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I do agree with you about the times but I use the bus after 7pm to go to the pub some nights, and a taxi back. This is something I already do so will save me even more money.

I also visit friends overnight so this way I can pay £1 the night before and a standard price ticket in the morning, still saving a couple of quid.

It really will depend on certain circumstances and uses, but it's never going to cost anybody any more money than before so can only be seen as a good thing.
I do agree with you about the times but I use the bus after 7pm to go to the pub some nights, and a taxi back. This is something I already do so will save me even more money. I also visit friends overnight so this way I can pay £1 the night before and a standard price ticket in the morning, still saving a couple of quid. It really will depend on certain circumstances and uses, but it's never going to cost anybody any more money than before so can only be seen as a good thing. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 8

3:34pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Reality50 says...

The number 1 evening service to Bolton needs later bus times. These tickets are no good as the service ends at between 7 and 8pm. The timetable needs to be like the old 225 with buses on that stretch up to 11pm.
The number 1 evening service to Bolton needs later bus times. These tickets are no good as the service ends at between 7 and 8pm. The timetable needs to be like the old 225 with buses on that stretch up to 11pm. Reality50
  • Score: 6

10:55pm Wed 13 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

All services should be brought back to frequent evening services not hourly ones but EVERY service should be running right up to a last service at 11pm on all routes;then people who've had a night out in the evenings can get back without being stranded, that would maximise the usefulness of the evening £1 fares.
All services should be brought back to frequent evening services not hourly ones but EVERY service should be running right up to a last service at 11pm on all routes;then people who've had a night out in the evenings can get back without being stranded, that would maximise the usefulness of the evening £1 fares. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 7

8:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

The thing is I did use a lot of the later buses and more often than not I was the only person, despite needing them at the time I never did blame the bus companies for stopping running most of them.

This £1 scheme is clearly foundations for finding a way to bringing later buses back.
The thing is I did use a lot of the later buses and more often than not I was the only person, despite needing them at the time I never did blame the bus companies for stopping running most of them. This £1 scheme is clearly foundations for finding a way to bringing later buses back. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 4

9:07am Thu 14 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Also there are people who do go for a night out in places like Bolton etc and depend on a late bus to get back;hourly frequency as Transdev run on many routes after 6 or 7pm isn't the way to do it, and buses should run up to late on long distance services to big towns and cities.
Also there are people who do go for a night out in places like Bolton etc and depend on a late bus to get back;hourly frequency as Transdev run on many routes after 6 or 7pm isn't the way to do it, and buses should run up to late on long distance services to big towns and cities. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

9:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Well done to Transdev for their initiative !
People are always moaning about bus fare costs and even though our biggest local operator has done something about reducing fares, if you read the above comments, people are STILL moaning !!!!!
We need more initiatives like this to improve public transport - I, for one, will take advantage of these low fares in order to visit my daughter and have a night out.
Well done to Transdev for their initiative ! People are always moaning about bus fare costs and even though our biggest local operator has done something about reducing fares, if you read the above comments, people are STILL moaning !!!!! We need more initiatives like this to improve public transport - I, for one, will take advantage of these low fares in order to visit my daughter and have a night out. Copperhead
  • Score: 1

9:53am Thu 14 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Copperhead wrote:
Well done to Transdev for their initiative !
People are always moaning about bus fare costs and even though our biggest local operator has done something about reducing fares, if you read the above comments, people are STILL moaning !!!!!
We need more initiatives like this to improve public transport - I, for one, will take advantage of these low fares in order to visit my daughter and have a night out.
Although £1 fares are good why is the frequency of evening service HOURLY only and why do routes to major towns and cities withdraw after 7pm or 8pm? How reasonable is that? If I took charge in Transdev immediately I would have services that run every 30mins in the evening AND ALL major routes would run to late including Bolton Manchester Clitheroe Preston Burnley etc so that it's possible to get home again if you've been out drinking socialising with friends or whatever.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Well done to Transdev for their initiative ! People are always moaning about bus fare costs and even though our biggest local operator has done something about reducing fares, if you read the above comments, people are STILL moaning !!!!! We need more initiatives like this to improve public transport - I, for one, will take advantage of these low fares in order to visit my daughter and have a night out.[/p][/quote]Although £1 fares are good why is the frequency of evening service HOURLY only and why do routes to major towns and cities withdraw after 7pm or 8pm? How reasonable is that? If I took charge in Transdev immediately I would have services that run every 30mins in the evening AND ALL major routes would run to late including Bolton Manchester Clitheroe Preston Burnley etc so that it's possible to get home again if you've been out drinking socialising with friends or whatever. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

10:06am Thu 14 Aug 14

richard says...

This is Stagecoach but the last X59 bus on a Sunday leaves Preston at 4.55pm! Does the world go to bed at 5 o'clock?!
This is Stagecoach but the last X59 bus on a Sunday leaves Preston at 4.55pm! Does the world go to bed at 5 o'clock?! richard
  • Score: 4

10:26am Thu 14 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

richard wrote:
This is Stagecoach but the last X59 bus on a Sunday leaves Preston at 4.55pm! Does the world go to bed at 5 o'clock?!
Early sunday finish is the reason;they see it as pointless on sunday to run major services into the evening.
[quote][p][bold]richard[/bold] wrote: This is Stagecoach but the last X59 bus on a Sunday leaves Preston at 4.55pm! Does the world go to bed at 5 o'clock?![/p][/quote]Early sunday finish is the reason;they see it as pointless on sunday to run major services into the evening. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

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