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Settle to Clitheroe bus route could be cut
11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
Residents still have time to share their views about proposals to revise a bus route that runs between Settle and Clitheroe.
The number 10 service – which currently runs every two hours from Monday to Saturday – is subsidised by Lancashire County Council and costs the authority £265,000 each year.
On average, the service carries only four passengers per journey and the income generated covers just eight per cent of the operating costs.
Now the county council is proposing to revise the timetable, so the service runs every two hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.
Parish and district councils, residents, bus operators and other partners have been invited to share their views in a consultation, which ends next Friday, September 6.
Tony Moreton, Lancashire County Council’s assistant director for transport, said: “With continued financial pressure, it is difficult for the county council to continue to subsidise bus routes with very low passenger numbers in this way.
“Due to the very low passenger numbers we’re looking to revise the timetable. Most people use the service on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which are market days, and we want to try to maintain the link between Clitheroe and Settle, and the villages in between, by maintaining a service on these days.
“However, we realise that people will want to share their views with us, so we’re running a consultation to give them the chance to have their say about the proposal.
“These comments will be shared with the cabinet member for highways and transport before a decision is taken.”
Details of the proposed changes are available from the driver on the number 10 bus or by e-mailing Lcc.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wanting to share their views about the proposals should e-mail the same address or write to Bus and Supported Transport Manager, Lancashire County Council, Room D3, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, PR1 0LD.
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