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Extra bus services on the way for Ribble Valley
EXTRA evening and weekend rural services are being trialled for bus passengers in the Ribble Valley.
Lancashire County Council has agreed the changes with Holmeswood Coaches, which runs most of the subsidised buses in the district, and has improved frequency, reliability and conn-ections on a number of key rural routes.
The changes to bus service numbers and times will take effect from Sunday.
Trial evening services on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays will link Longridge and Clitheroe, and Clitheroe and Chatburn via Waddington, West Bradford and Grindleton.
Additional lunchtime journeys between Mellor Brook and Blackburn have also been added.
And hourly services will be provided between Chatburn and the Royal Blackburn Hospital, along with better coordinated connections between trains and buses at Clitheroe Interchange.
County Councillor Malcolm Barron, lead member for buses, said: “I know how important these rural buses are to people and I’m very pleased that these changes will make a real difference to them, esp-ecially the extra services we’re putting on which will allow people to travel at the weekend or later into the evening.”
The improvements to the town services, sub-sidised by the county council, have been made within the existing budget of £1.46m.
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