A NEW bus network launches across Lancashire from this Sunday.

The Ribble Country network, delivered by Transdev in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will run on routes between Clitheroe, Burnley, Padiham, Sabden, Whalley, Nelson and Colne.

Many of these routes will run for seven days a week and at more frequent times than previous networks.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “As part of our new multi-year partnership with Lancashire County Council, we’re delighted to launch our new Ribble Country network, which will transform bus services right across the Ribble Valley and support the area’s economy as we follow the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

“A key benefit of Ribble Country being part of our Transdev family is better and simpler ticketing.

"It means our customers will be able to make easy connections between our Ribble Country network and our other existing bus routes for onward travel across Lancashire and into Greater Manchester, all on one ticket, making travel easier and better value for money."

The new buses, built by Rochdale manufacturer Mellor, are intended to be reminiscent of the old Ribble Motor Services company, whose red buses once served the North West from Liverpool to Carlisle.

Mr Hornby said: “As always, every one of our buses is clean, safe and ready to go, and we will continue to maintain the highest standards as we know it’s a vitally important way to make sure everyone returning to bus travel can enjoy doing so with confidence.

“We know our customers old and new are going to love their amazing new Ribble Country buses, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone on board.”

Meanwhile, the company's council partners hope that the new network will help to keep local communities connected, especially across rural areas.

Lancashire County Council public transport manager Andrew Varley said: “The Ribble Country-branded services represent a real improvement to the bus network in this area, particularly for many rural communities and towns which will see more frequent, reliable buses and new weekend services in some areas.

“This will help to ensure more passengers have the chance to access education and employment opportunities and reach essential services.

“Working with Transdev, our aim is to provide good transport links, especially in rural areas where many people rely on bus services.

"These new buses are accessible, comfortable and convenient, and I hope people will make good use of them and give them a try as we build back patronage on all our supported services.”

To find out more about timetables and tickets, go to: https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/burnley.