Lancaster bus cuts: How they will affect you

Bus timetables have been severely reduced following funding cuts
Bus timetables have been severely reduced following funding cuts
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Funding cuts to public transport services have had a huge impact on bus timetables in the Lancaster district.

From April 3 there will be large scale reductions to bus services, mainly in the evenings and at weekends, with some routes being scrapped altogether.

Lancaster Bus station

Lancaster Bus station

Bus operators Stagecoach, Battersby’s and Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire have confirmed the reductions, after Lancashire County Council voted to remove all subsidies for public transport in the county.

According to Lancaster District Bus Users Group, which has summarised the new timetables, many of the area’s services have been severely affected.

The number 1 Silverdale Shuttle, the 5B Brookhouse to Morecambe, the 5C Carnforth to Morecambe via Crag Bank, the Morecambe Bare Circular and the 89 Lancaster to Knott-end-on-Sea will be completely withdrawn from service.

The number 5 Overton - Morecambe - Carnforth will have its late evening service withdrawn, but the Sunday service will continue.

The 5b bus in Caton

The 5b bus in Caton

The number 7 Vale - City Centre - Marsh will have its evening and Sunday journeys withdrawn.

On Mondays to Saturdays buses from Marsh will run through to Ridge every 30 minutes via the Bus Station. Vale will have a separate service to George Street running every 20 minutes.

Journeys to Marsh will operate as service 9. Last buses to Marsh will be at 6.55pm and Vale at 6.20pm.

Evening and Sunday journeys for the number 10 Lancaster - Ridge will be withdrawn. On Mondays to Saturdays buses from Ridge will run through to Marsh on service 9 via the bus station every 30 minutes. Last bus from bus station to Ridge at 7.28pm.

The 42 Lancaster to Blackpool evening journeys operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire will be withdrawn. The Sunday service will continue during the winter months but that the last journey of the day in each direction will be withdrawn.

Off-peak journeys for the 49 Lancaster to Halton will be extended to Warton via the Kellets and Carnforth, replacing service 51, which has been withdrawn.

Evening journeys on service 81 that run via Halton are withdrawn but Halton will keep a service on 49 up to 7pm. Sunday service is, however, withdrawn.

Late evening journeys on the 55 Lancaster to Canrforth operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire are withdrawn. Daytime journeys will run to a new timetable. Last bus from Lancaster is 10pm and Carnforth at 10.23pm.

The 6.55am number 80 from Ingleton to Lancaster will start at Hornby at 7.41am. There will be other changes to the timetable but a basic two-hourly daytime service will continue. Buses will return from Lancaster at 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm ans 3.25pm (Hornby only) and 5.15pm (Not Saturdays)

The 81 service from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale will run every two hours via Hornby, Melling and Tunstall, but will not serve Wray or Wennington, which are served by service 80.

The only buses via Gressingham and Whittington will be those serving Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.

There will be no evening or Sunday service. Last bus from Lancaster will be at 5.30pm and from Kirkby Lonsdale at 5.15pm.