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Late-night Rossendale buses keep on running
3:55pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
LATE-night buses between Bacup, Rawtenstall and Haslingden have been safeguarded for another year, county councillors are to confirm.
Around £9,640 will be spent by Lancashire’s public transport unit on ensuring the 464 bus runs after 9.30pm.
Earlier this year a campaign was launched to save several morning and evening services and the county council stepped in to subsidise the 2140 and 2240 buses until October 27.
Now county council leader Coun Geoff Driver is set to approve a new cash injection, pending a countywide review of supported routes.
Environment director Jo Turton said in a report that an analysis of journey patterns showed that around 15,000 trips were made on the two services each year.
“This equates to an average of 288 weekly passenger trips being made, broken down to around 48 passenger trips per day, equating to approximately 24 per journey,” she added. This is more cost-effective than earlier predictions for the 464 route. The problem previously had been that the amount of subsidy required was considered too high.
Rossendale Bus decided last April that it would continue to operate two other late-night services, the 2123 from Rawtenstall to Bacup and the 2138 between Bacup and Haslingden.
County Coun Tony Winder said: “We know that many residents rely on the 464 and, in particular, shift workers use these evening services to get to and from work. I am delighted we have been able to provide the funding for another 12 months."