Lancashire TelegraphCouncil pledge over Blackburn late-night bus provision (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Council pledge over Blackburn late-night bus provision

A COUNCIL has insisted late-night bus services in Blackburn will not be affected because of a change in provider.

A contract for routes including Revidge, Higher Croft and the hospital and Sunny Bower, has been awarded to Darwen Coach Company, which will take over on January 27.

The services are currently run by Transdev.

Blackburn with Darwen Council assured passengers that although there may be some timetable changes, the frequency of late night services would stay the same.

Coun Dave Harling, executive member for regeneration, said that although there might be slight changes to timetables, the service would continue as normal. He said: “Darwen Coach Services have recently introduced commercial services to some of these areas in the daytime, so the council decided to tender the evening and Sunday services on an open basis.

“The overall service on these routes will be maintained, however, slight adjustments to the times of buses will be made.”

Peter Graham, transport manager at Darwen Coach Company, said: “We are delighted to have won the contract.

“We are offering a quality service at a reduced price to the council.

“We are looking forward to providing a great service to bus users on those routes.”

John Threlfall, business director at Lancashire United, which includes Transdev, said: “It is a disappointment that we have not got the tender again.

“The council awards tenders based on both prices and quality.

“Our quality is to a high standard but our prices may also be. It is a concern that we have lost work but there is no danger of us having to make job losses as it was a fairly small contract in the scheme of things.”

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10:03am Fri 30 Nov 12

Rover-The-Moon says...

Will the extortionate prices be the same? If 1 people are travelling via bus, it works out cheaper nowadays by taxi.
Will the extortionate prices be the same? If 1 people are travelling via bus, it works out cheaper nowadays by taxi. Rover-The-Moon
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10:04am Fri 30 Nov 12

Rover-The-Moon says...

Sorry *2 people
Sorry *2 people Rover-The-Moon
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11:16am Fri 30 Nov 12

KamikazeTurkey says...

So my college bus pass won't get me home any more. Cheers Blackburn with Darwen Borough council. You have assisted me once again.
So my college bus pass won't get me home any more. Cheers Blackburn with Darwen Borough council. You have assisted me once again. KamikazeTurkey
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2:07pm Fri 30 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

Why won't your College bus pass get you home ? Surely it's up to the College to negotiate the same deal with the new company that it had with Transdev ??
Why won't your College bus pass get you home ? Surely it's up to the College to negotiate the same deal with the new company that it had with Transdev ?? english rose 1
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10:25am Wed 12 Dec 12

Wildhorse121 says...

How could those people travel in evening bus who got transdev bus pass...means they have to pay extra more money to travel at late evening this really cruel decision by transdev ...they dont care about people who by weekly or monthly bus pass from them ...our council let them do what ever they want all of this only suffer is people ...thanks for bloody change again ...its would be better if council kick transdev out from here an give trnasport contract to better compny who think about people first an there profit after ...i know this all is not worth of saying coz nothing will change
How could those people travel in evening bus who got transdev bus pass...means they have to pay extra more money to travel at late evening this really cruel decision by transdev ...they dont care about people who by weekly or monthly bus pass from them ...our council let them do what ever they want all of this only suffer is people ...thanks for bloody change again ...its would be better if council kick transdev out from here an give trnasport contract to better compny who think about people first an there profit after ...i know this all is not worth of saying coz nothing will change Wildhorse121
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