End for ‘lifeline’ Morecambe bus service for pensioners

Derek Morgan.
Derek Morgan.
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A vital bus link between Bare and Morecambe town centre used by many pensioners will be scrapped.

The Bare Circular service is one of the routes to be withdrawn completely as part of widespread Lancashire County Council savings.

Councillor Charlie Edwards.

Councillor Charlie Edwards.

Derek Morgan, mayor of Bare, said the end of the service would be a “great loss” to the village.

“My mother used to use the service very regularly,” said Mr Morgan, who runs Robinsons florist on Princes Crescent in Bare.

“It was another link between the residential area of Bare, the Crescent and the shopping centre of Morecambe.

“The cuts are to be deplored, really, but people in other towns are in exactly the same position.

“Councils are being squeezed dramatically.”

Coun Charlie Edwards, Lancaster city councillor for Bare, is campaigning to set up a replacement bus service run by the community.

Coun Edwards said 400 residents had signed a petition and said many elderly people he’d spoken to “wouldn’t even mind paying” to keep the Bare Circular going.

“A lot of people use this service, “ said the Conservative member.

“It does so much for people who want to get to the doctors and dentist; it’s a lifeline.

“We’re looking to put on a partial replacement service, maybe with two runs a day.

“We’ve had a retired bus driver come forward as a volunteer and we’re hoping more people will do the same.”

Coun Edwards said anyone interested in helping with the project is welcome to email him at cedwards@lancaster.gov.uk

The Bare Circular, operated by The Travellers Choice of Carnforth and subsidised by Lancashire County Council, is due to be withdrawn on April 3.

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