Bus users up in arms at reduction to services

The 362 bus exiting Chorley bus station
The 362 bus exiting Chorley bus station
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Plans to reduce bus services have been met with disgust by Chorley residents.

People throughout the borough face the harsh reality that from May next year, a number of bus services may not be running in the evenings and on Sundays due to cost-cutting Lancashire County Council.

And the plans have been met with outrage for bus users throughout the borough.

Eileen Taylor, from Adlington, said: “I use the number 2 bus from Chorley to Blackburn quite regularly.

“But the fact they are scrapping services in the evenings and weekends it means I won’t be able to visit friends.”

Margaret Westwell also from Adlington, said: “I use the number 2 to visit people.

“It’s a disgrace that it’s being cut, and I feel sorry for the people in Brinscall and Wheelton – how are they going to visit Chorley?”

After a number of complaints, Lancashire County Council has decided to extend the consultation period for the cuts until Friday, January 17.

And County Coun Kim Snape is urging people to come forward and speak out against the cuts.

She said: “I’ll be campaigning against this and I want everyone to speak out against it.

“It’s going to leave the whole town short of services. It really is frustrating that no other alternatives are available to people in places such as Heapey, Wheelton and Brinscall.”

Jakir Sheikh regularly uses the number 2 bus to travel from Blackburn to Chorley.

He said: “I worry about my children who will now have to travel for a long time.

“I am in a middle-class family and use the bus all the time.

“It’s going to become very expensive travelling to Chorley.

“I have checked out taxi prices and they want £30.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “These proposed cuts in services are hugely disappointing to us and we will be making our comments as a council as part of the county council’s consultation process.

“Of particular concern to me is the people living in the villages who may not have access to alternative forms of transport. Something like this could result in them being left socially isolated and alone.”