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Calls Made To Reinstate Axed North Lancashire Bus Services

Bus campaigners in the Lancaster district have set out their detailed proposals for service improvements.

The local bus user's group wants councillors to consider their ideas following the launch of a consultation by Lancashire County Council.

The council wants to spend another £1m a year on buses - and want to use some of that cash to replace some services that were withdrawn in April last year because of  budget cuts.

The group says a top priority should be the reinstatement of the service in the Lune Valley that previously linked Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington with Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale.

It's also calling for a service to be provided for Crag Bank in Carnforth and those parts of Bolton-le- Sands left busless as well as an improvement in the service to Warton and Silverdale.

Although the county council says its priority is to improve rural services, the
group also wants to get evening and Sunday buses restored to parts of Lancaster city as well as the villages of Halton, Caton, Brookhouse and Hornby.

Lancaster District Bus Users’ Chair, Jim Davies said: “Whilst this extra £1M is very welcome it won’t be anywhere near enough to replace all the buses that were cut last year. 

"It is important that the Lancaster District receives its fair share of the funding to address some of the very serious problems that were caused by the previous cutbacks.

“A further priority of the council is to bring stability to the network by supporting services that are in danger of being cut or stopped altogether. 

"In this context we hope that funds will be allocated to the East Lancaster Circular service, which started in March this year after pressure from the Bus Users’ Group and which is currently funded by temporary developer contributions”

A decision on which services to fund will be taken by the council’s cabinet in September.

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