Bus route is back on track

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Bus passengers left without transport following a cut to a bus route will soon be on the road again.

Stagecoach slashed their number 40/41 bus on Morecambe Road in March, leaving pensioners and the housebound trapped in their homes.

But from August 5, the section between the Shrimp roundabout and McDonalds will be added to the route.

Lancashire County Council has announced a change to bus route 33 to include that part of Morecambe Road.

Instead of heading along Westgate to Shrimp Roundabout and straight up Broadway, the service will travel up Morecambe Road as far as the bypass roundabout, before returning to Shrimp Roundabout and continuing along Broadway.

County Councillor Darren Clifford, who represents Morecambe South, explained: “Back in March, Stagecoach revised the route of their 40/41 service, which left a gap on this section during the day.

“There are other frequent services linking Lancaster and Morecambe, but this section of Morecambe Road was left without buses.

“With a small adjustment to the number 33, the county council has been able to fix this.”

The county council subsidise the number 33 service, which links various areas of Morecambe and Bare to the town centre.

The anti-clockwise circular service runs from Morecambe via Branksome Estate, Beaufort Road, Oak Avenue and Marine Road.

The 33 service currently operates every 30 minutes off-peak, Monday to Saturday from 9.30am until 2.30pm, with a break over lunchtime and the final departure at 4.35pm.

Additional later afternoon journeys run on school holidays and Saturdays.

For more details, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/buses or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.