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'Power to the people' on Burnley bus signs
BUS passengers can breathe a sigh of relief after a replacement public information system was unveiled at Burnley bus station.
The large signs at the Croft Street interchange were controversially switched off by Lancashire County Council as part of a £42,000 countywide savings initiative.
But now the display board have been replaced by a more streamlined service, backed by Burnley Council, costing £11,500.
Coun Julie Cooper, borough council leader, said that the authority began to investigate methods of funding replacement signs, after the county’s decision.
She added: “Even though funds are extremely tight at Burnley Borough Council I have prioritised funding for the signs because I know how much the public of Burnley have missed them.
“The signs have now been reinstated and will be fully operational in the next couple of days when a couple of technical issues have been resolved.”
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle compiled a petition - Time To Sign - which was presented to the county council but funding was not restored.
Mr Birtwistle has also welcomed the signs’ restoration as a victory for ‘people power’.
Similar systems were mothballed in Nelson, Chorley and Skelmersdale, amid concerns among passengers that paper timetables at the bus stations were often left out-of-date.
And while efforts have been made in Pendle to restart the signs in Nelson, the question of funding has been parried between the area committee and borough executive.
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