People power forces u-turn on Lancashire bus subsidies

Craven Herald: Celebrating victory:campaigners, from the left, Mike Thompson, Coun Jenny Purcell and Lyle Davy Celebrating victory:campaigners, from the left, Mike Thompson, Coun Jenny Purcell and Lyle Davy

Public pressure has forced a u-turn over scrapping subsidies for rural Lancashire buses, including the final evening service in Barnoldswick.

Lancashire County Council had considered a proposal to save £3.8 million by withdrawing subsidies for rural buses.

But the move was opposed by regular bus user and Barnoldswick resident Lyle Davy, 17, who ran a SaveOurBarlickBuses campaign.

He said: “Obviously this is great news for the whole town. I argued hard that we needed these services for employment, and for socialising.

“This is a victory for the whole town and shows that people power works.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The cabinet decided not accept a proposal to scrap these services, but each service will be reviewed on a case by case basis.”

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