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New Bus To Link Lancaster And Kirkby Lonsdale With Local Villages

A new bus service to restore a daytime link for Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington will begin in March.

The number 582 will operate twice per hour from Monday the 5th, six days a week between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale.

It will also take in Caton, Brookhouse and Hornby.

It's an extension to the existing commercial service from Kirkby Lonsdale to Skipton, run by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire, in partnership with Lancashire County Council.

It's one of several improved services across Lancashire after the county council last year agreed to make an extra £1m available to support bus services in several parts of the county, increasing the budget from £2m to £3m. 

County Councillor Andrew Snowden, lead member for highways and transport, said: "Supporting a good public transport network is one of our key priorities as it helps our economy, widening access to opportunities for work and education. 

"Buses also provide journeys for essential activities such as seeing friends and family, visiting the shops and attending vital appointments. 

"These new buses add to all the improved services which began in December 2017, restoring even more public transport links to local communities. 

"We've listened to what people have told us about the local need for these buses, and the difference they will make to their lives.

"These new contracts are for three years I'd ask that everyone support these services once they begin operating to help us sustain them. 

"I know how much these services will mean to local residents. I have been working with a number of my fellow county councillors who have put the case forward passionately for services to these three areas. 

"David Morris MP has also contacted me numerous times on behalf of residents about the Lune Valley services." 

Below: Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Ltd director Matt Sutton with County Councillor Andrew Snowden, lead member for highways and transport.

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