Travel 'hassle' for Barnoldswick commuters

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Coun Harry Purcell, Lyle Davy and Coun Jennifer Purcell Coun Harry Purcell, Lyle Davy and Coun Jennifer Purcell

BUS users in Barnoldswick may be forced to use two buses for their commute from today after routes in the town changed.

Services operated by Lancashire County Council and Transdev Burnley and Pendle have had to change because the turning circle at the Fosters Arms pub can no longer be used.

The land, which was leased to the county council, has been sold off for development and can’t be used by buses any longer.

The B1/B2 town service, operated by LCC, will now use a different route but will still serve the area, while the 21 to 29 Burnley Mainline service, operated by Transdev, will now stop in the town centre.

Resident Lyle Davy, who commutes just six miles to Nelson and Colne College, said: “For the school bus service, and people like me getting to college, a solution needs to be found.

“College students already have to set off at 7.40am to get to there for 9am. To have to walk almost a mile into the middle of town on top of that now isn’t on.”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “People will now essentially have to get the Town Service bus to the middle of Barnoldswick, and then swap on to the Mainline service if they are travelling out of Barnoldswick. It’s obviously more of a hassle.

“It is also worrying for people trying to get to school or college and a solution needs to be found quickly.”

Tim Gornall, bus and supported transport manager at LCC, said: “The B1/B2 Barnoldswick Town Service, which is subsidised by the county council, will use Carr Road and Louvain Avenue on to Foster Road to allow the bus to continue to serve that area. There will be no change to the timetable or the rest of the route.”

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9:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

gussyb24 says...

I would like to see he figures for the amount of people who use the last bus service in and out of Barnoldswick. I live on the route and I see the bus coming and going each night. More often than not the bus is empty, or at the most two or three passengers on board either way. It is Ironic that two of the so called protesters, are husband and wife Tories who shout from high heaven about the wasteful Labour controlled County council, yet as soon as the council try to stop this particular useless service, they are out protesting.. You just cant win with some folk ...
I would like to see he figures for the amount of people who use the last bus service in and out of Barnoldswick. I live on the route and I see the bus coming and going each night. More often than not the bus is empty, or at the most two or three passengers on board either way. It is Ironic that two of the so called protesters, are husband and wife Tories who shout from high heaven about the wasteful Labour controlled County council, yet as soon as the council try to stop this particular useless service, they are out protesting.. You just cant win with some folk ... gussyb24

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