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East Lancashire set for bus service changes this month
A MAJOR shake-up of bus services in East Lancashire is set to be implemented later this month.
Transdev Lancashire United bus company has announced plans to cancel bus services, reduce late night services and simplify routes.
The changes, from September 16, will affect bus users in Blackburn, Darwen and Hyndburn.
Transdev are cutting the Blackburn town centre to Shadsworth via Royal Blackburn Hospital number 17 service as well as cutting the late bus to Great Harwood, numbers six and seven.
The bus service between Blackburn and Great Harwood which currently runs until 11pm, will stop at 7pm from now on, much to the anger of many bus users.
Nigel Eggleton, director of sales and marketing, said: “The majority of our passengers will see an improved service with more frequent and reliable buses.
“We have targeted the changes where demand is high and the number of people using the buses is growing. For example, there will be more buses to and from Royal Blackburn Hospital which is a key destination.”
Transport bosses said some buses will now terminate in Blackburn town centre rather than running across the town.
Most buses coming into town will now drop off in Ainsworth Street for easy access to the Market, The Mall and other shopping areas.
Other improvements include simplifying route numbers for buses running from Blackburn to Darwen and Clitheroe, Blackburn to Accrington and Blackburn to Bolton.
Mr Eggleton said: “We are constantly reviewing our network to reflect the changes in people’s travel patterns and demands. We have listened to our passengers and taken on board their comments for improved connections, more frequent buses and simplified services.
“We have taken the difficult decision to reduce the number of buses in the evening because they are simply not being used by enough people.”
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