Threat to bus subsidies may affect routes in West Craven

Craven Herald: Councillor David Whipp Councillor David Whipp

Proposals to reduce provision of subsidised evening and Sunday bus services could affect two routes operating in West Craven.

Lancashire County Council is proposing to reduce support for buses to focus on maintaining services during the day to ensure the most vulnerable people can access public transport. The proposals, which could save £3.8 million over two years, are currently out for consultation.

If approved, subsidies would be withdrawn from 72 evening and Sunday services from May 18, including the late-night Main Line 28 service which runs between Burnley and Barnoldswick, stopping in Earby and Kelbrook. The X80 and 280 Sunday and bank holiday service, which runs between Skipton and Preston via the Broughton, Gisburn and the West Marton, would also be affected.

County councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our first priority is to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society but to achieve this we have to look at everything we do and propose difficult solutions.”

County councillor David Whipp, who represents West Craven, said: “Provision of public transport services is absolutely crucial to having a good community.”

The proposals will be discussed at a meeting of West Craven Area Committee on Tuesday at 7pm in the Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick. “If there are strong reasons to object to the proposals, I will campaign to keep them,” added Coun Whipp.

To view the consultation documents visit lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay. The closing date for responses is next Friday, January 10.

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