Concerns have been expressed in Chorley following bus service funding cuts.
The latest blow follows the withdrawal of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s £93,000 cross boundary bus service contribution for buses operating in Lancashire into Blackburn.
As a result, from July 26, Lancashire County Council has revised subsidised bus services serving Blackburn
Affected is the service 24 Chorley–Brinscall–Abbey Village–Blackburn.
The Monday to Saturday daytime service 24 is operated on a commercial basis, with LCC funding an hourly Monday to Saturday evening and all day Sunday service between Chorley and Blackburn.
From July 26, a new Chorley Hospital–Chorley–Brinscall–Abbey Village–Blackburn will operate,
Lancashire County Council will renumber the Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday journeys from 24 to 24A.
There will be no changes to Transdev Lancashire United’s commercial Monday to Saturday daytime service 24.
The revised Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday service 24A will merge with local Chorley Services 1A & 10 to offer a through link via Eaves Lane across Chorley to Chorley Hospital, via Astley Village.
Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “The service is important to residents in the rural villages and we would like to have had chance to have some input on the changes so we could see if there was a way of maintaining the service.
“I’m extremely concerned that yet again budget cuts being made in other areas of Lancashire are having an impact on services for residents in Chorley and it is following what seems to be a gradual eroding of transport services in our borough.
“We’ve had Stagecoach unwilling to return the 125 service along Market Street, which has removed a vital link for residents to get easy access to the town centre, and now we are faced with seeing more services downgraded.
“We understand changes may need to be made but with decisions being made by those without the local knowledge and feedback from people in Chorley on the impact it could have then I don’t think that is fair.”
County councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The 24 service between Chorley and Blackburn operates commercially during the day, with the subsidy being needed to support evening and Sunday services. The evening and Sunday services will be renumbered to 24A and will merge with local Chorley Services 1A and 10 to offer a through link via Eaves Lane across Chorley to Chorley Hospital, via Astley Village.”