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Lancashire Bus Routes Restored To Some Rural Areas

New and improved bus routes rolling out across Lancashire next week will reconnect villages to cities, including Silverdale and Carnforth.

The improvements start from Monday (11th December) after Lancashire County Council increased the bus support services budget from £2m to £3m. 

It's hoped more frequent services will impact other routes, making travel much easier.

Restoring lost links between communities, particularly in rural areas where people who rely most on public transport reside, has been a key priority. So too has been increasing the frequency of services on routes with a high demand and stabilising the network to support routes at risk of disappearing. 

Key improvements to services due to start from Monday include improvements to some services in Lancaster, with revised timetables for the Carnforth to Silverdale service, and the Lancaster to Knott End service to provide better links with trains and improve service reliability. These services will be operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Ltd.

County Councillor Andrew Snowden, lead member for highways and transport, said: "These new buses will transform travel in many rural areas of Lancashire by restoring public transport to villages which currently have none, and making it far more convenient to use the bus in other places where there are currently only a handful of services each day. 

"Good public transport supports our economy by making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access work and education. It is also vital for people to carry out everyday tasks such as doing their shopping, visiting family and friends, and getting to health appointments. 

"We've worked hard to make sure these proposals make the most impact with the resources available and already know from feedback we've received that many people are looking forward to having a decent bus service again. 

"A lot of improvements are starting next week but we're also continuing discussions with bus operators in some areas of the county where we think the best option is to enhance an existing commercial service to better serve communities." 

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