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Hyndburn seaside bus trips for £1

Lancashire Telegraph: ALL ABOARD! From left, Coun Peter Britcliffe, Doug Hayes and Roy Atkinson with the Red Rose Travel bus ALL ABOARD! From left, Coun Peter Britcliffe, Doug Hayes and Roy Atkinson with the Red Rose Travel bus

A SCHEME providing Hyndburn residents with seaside trips from £1 will go ahead after council bosses stepped in.

The plan to provide a new coastal bus route for residents follows an outcry after a number of popular summer services were axed in the past few years due to funding cuts, the most recent announced just this year.

The service to Blackpool and the Fylde coast, which will operate three times a week and on bank holidays between May and August, will provide £1 fares to NoWcard holders and disabled residents and £8 to other passengers.

Starting from Knuzden at 9.30am, residents can catch the Red Rose Travel bus from stops across Hyndburn.

Hyndburn Borough Council have announced the new service just two months after Transdev’s announced the popular X64 service would not begin as usual this Easter, as it was no longer covered by the senior citizens concessionary fares scheme. In response to the problem, Hyndburn Borough Council stepped in and contacted Red Rose Travel, who had also provided a summer service up until two years ago.

Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: “We’re glad to put funding into this scheme and I’m delighted that our NoWcard holders and disabled residents can get out and about this spring and summer for just £1.

“We negotiated with Red Rose Travel to provide the service for trips to Blackpool and on to Cleveleys and Fleetwood over the summer months.

“This special bus route will allow people to get out and enjoy the fresh sea air and a walk along the promenade.

“Trips like these encourage people to be active and keeps them young at heart. It also gives many people something to look forward to, which isn’t going to cost a fortune.”

The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, until the August Bank Holiday on August 30.

The service calls at Windsor Road in Knuzden, Byron Close in Oswaldtwistle, Oswaldtwistle Library, Little Blackburn Road in Accrington, the Hare and Hounds in Clayton-le-Moors, Holgate Street in Great Harwood and Harwood Road in Rishton.

For more information call Red Rose Travel on 01254 399019.

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10:56am Wed 31 Mar 10

pip-pip says...

Hmmm!
""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday""

Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast??

Is this a correct use of council tax payers money?
I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??
Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol?? pip-pip
  • Score: -3

11:54am Wed 31 Mar 10

ossy says...

pip-pip wrote:
Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??
Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get.
[quote][p][bold]pip-pip[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??[/p][/quote]Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get. ossy
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Wed 31 Mar 10

pip-pip says...

ossy wrote:
pip-pip wrote:
Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??
Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get.
Well, Ossy has flagged up the big difficulty with public transport - it doesn't necessarily go where the customer wants to go.
The over sixties already have free travel across huge swathes of the county. Why should HBC go into the travel agency business and spend council taxpayers money taking a coach load to Blackpool and Fleetwood. Ossy pointed out that if I wanted to go to Lytham I should "".. use your bus pass for a day out."". Quite. And so could all the punters going to Blackpool and Fleetwood. And at no extra cost to the council tax payer, simplezz!!

I note the bus starts at Knuzden/Ossy. So all the best seats will be taken when it eventually fetches up in other arts of the Borough. What a surprise!!

My cynical side thinks this is a simple vote catching ruse.
[quote][p][bold]ossy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip-pip[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??[/p][/quote]Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get.[/p][/quote]Well, Ossy has flagged up the big difficulty with public transport - it doesn't necessarily go where the customer wants to go. The over sixties already have free travel across huge swathes of the county. Why should HBC go into the travel agency business and spend council taxpayers money taking a coach load to Blackpool and Fleetwood. Ossy pointed out that if I wanted to go to Lytham I should "".. use your bus pass for a day out."". Quite. And so could all the punters going to Blackpool and Fleetwood. And at no extra cost to the council tax payer, simplezz!! I note the bus starts at Knuzden/Ossy. So all the best seats will be taken when it eventually fetches up in other arts of the Borough. What a surprise!! My cynical side thinks this is a simple vote catching ruse. pip-pip
  • Score: -3

3:36pm Wed 31 Mar 10

retired one says...

What a brilliant scheme. I for one will be using it.
What a brilliant scheme. I for one will be using it. retired one
  • Score: 3

7:42am Thu 1 Apr 10

now in the north says...

It's great....and its exactly how the government are indroducing the ID card by getting people to sign up for a voluntary one in order to access services you pay for but which are free at the point of access!
It's great....and its exactly how the government are indroducing the ID card by getting people to sign up for a voluntary one in order to access services you pay for but which are free at the point of access! now in the north
  • Score: -3

8:51am Thu 1 Apr 10

ossy says...

pip-pip wrote:
ossy wrote:
pip-pip wrote: Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??
Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get.
Well, Ossy has flagged up the big difficulty with public transport - it doesn't necessarily go where the customer wants to go. The over sixties already have free travel across huge swathes of the county. Why should HBC go into the travel agency business and spend council taxpayers money taking a coach load to Blackpool and Fleetwood. Ossy pointed out that if I wanted to go to Lytham I should "".. use your bus pass for a day out."". Quite. And so could all the punters going to Blackpool and Fleetwood. And at no extra cost to the council tax payer, simplezz!! I note the bus starts at Knuzden/Ossy. So all the best seats will be taken when it eventually fetches up in other arts of the Borough. What a surprise!! My cynical side thinks this is a simple vote catching ruse.
I would rather the council spend our money on a coach trip for the elderley than on some of the money wasting schemes it does.
A direct route to Fleetwood and Blackpool is much more convenient for the elderley, and I for one don't begrudge them the chance to have a day by the sea.
[quote][p][bold]pip-pip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ossy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip-pip[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! ""The service will start on May Day Bank Holiday on May 3 and then every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday"" Perhaps the Thursday trip of the first week will divert via the polling booths before making for the coast?? Is this a correct use of council tax payers money? I would rather go to Lytham - could our leader spare a few bob towards my petrol??[/p][/quote]Yes it is correct use of council tax payers money, the elderley and disabled deserve to have days out at the seaside subsidised. If you can't afford the petrol to Lytham sell your car and use your bus pass for a day out. Most of the elderley have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, so deserve the few concessions they do get.[/p][/quote]Well, Ossy has flagged up the big difficulty with public transport - it doesn't necessarily go where the customer wants to go. The over sixties already have free travel across huge swathes of the county. Why should HBC go into the travel agency business and spend council taxpayers money taking a coach load to Blackpool and Fleetwood. Ossy pointed out that if I wanted to go to Lytham I should "".. use your bus pass for a day out."". Quite. And so could all the punters going to Blackpool and Fleetwood. And at no extra cost to the council tax payer, simplezz!! I note the bus starts at Knuzden/Ossy. So all the best seats will be taken when it eventually fetches up in other arts of the Borough. What a surprise!! My cynical side thinks this is a simple vote catching ruse.[/p][/quote]I would rather the council spend our money on a coach trip for the elderley than on some of the money wasting schemes it does. A direct route to Fleetwood and Blackpool is much more convenient for the elderley, and I for one don't begrudge them the chance to have a day by the sea. ossy
  • Score: 3

10:41am Thu 1 Apr 10

pip-pip says...

I suggest Ossy takes up what he considers money wasting schemes with his Leader.
I would like a convienient direct route to Lytham but I don't expect the council tax payers to fund it.
The my over sixties bus pass is a very generous and valued freebie. It allows free travel over large areas of the North West even with direct services into cental Manchester from Blackburn Accrington Burnley and Nelson.
This is subsidised by central government, who even now are rowing back from such largesse, by raising the age limit in an attempt to reduce the cost.
Why the Hyndburn Council tax payers should further subsidise an already very generous perk eludes me.(other than being a timely vote catcher((with the use of MY money)) - just check out the photo opportunity!!)
I suggest Ossy takes up what he considers money wasting schemes with his Leader. I would like a convienient direct route to Lytham but I don't expect the council tax payers to fund it. The my over sixties bus pass is a very generous and valued freebie. It allows free travel over large areas of the North West even with direct services into cental Manchester from Blackburn Accrington Burnley and Nelson. This is subsidised by central government, who even now are rowing back from such largesse, by raising the age limit in an attempt to reduce the cost. Why the Hyndburn Council tax payers should further subsidise an already very generous perk eludes me.(other than being a timely vote catcher((with the use of MY money)) - just check out the photo opportunity!!) pip-pip
  • Score: -3

9:08am Tue 27 Apr 10

hyndburn ind says...

Hyndburn Independents wish this service well, however, unless the pick up system is reversed then citizens in Gt. Harwood and Rishton will be effectively barred because it has been brought to our attention whilst out canvassing that the coach is full by the time it arrives in Harwood and Rishton. Another good idea that has not been thought through. Come on Britcliffe - sort it out!
Hyndburn Independents wish this service well, however, unless the pick up system is reversed then citizens in Gt. Harwood and Rishton will be effectively barred because it has been brought to our attention whilst out canvassing that the coach is full by the time it arrives in Harwood and Rishton. Another good idea that has not been thought through. Come on Britcliffe - sort it out! hyndburn ind
  • Score: 3

9:36am Tue 27 Apr 10

pip-pip says...

Exactly the point I raised last month. Glad to see that now that the election is imminent the Hyndburn Independents are jumping on the bandwagon - no doubt vote catching like Britcliffe. And the "Hyndburn Independents" are a new political party?
Exactly the point I raised last month. Glad to see that now that the election is imminent the Hyndburn Independents are jumping on the bandwagon - no doubt vote catching like Britcliffe. And the "Hyndburn Independents" are a new political party? pip-pip
  • Score: 1

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