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Consultation extended over bus service cuts

John Fillis

John Fillis

 

A public consultation over plans to scrap bus services in Leyland has been extended following complaints.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) is proposing to withdraw funding for evening, Sunday and bank holiday services which currently receive council subsidies to allow them to operate.

In Leyland, the 109 and 113 services are affected, as these are operated by Stagecoach midweek during the day and on Saturdays, but subsidised and operated by LCC at other times.

The consultation period was initially only going to run until January 10, but the council has now decided to extend the deadline for people to have their say by a week, so it now ends on January 17.

The council has assured that no firm decisions will be made until the feedback has been considered.

If approved though, the changes will take effect from May 18, 2014.

Suggested alternative transport if the 109 and 113 bus routes are withdrawn include the 111 Fishwicks service and trains.

Cost-cutting LCC will save £3.8m over two years by withdrawing subsidies from 72 services across Lancashire, but proposes to invest a further £500,000 in dial-a-ride services.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We want to ensure that support is focused on those with the greatest need and where the public transport network is particularly limited.”

People can view the consultation documents and the full list of services affected at www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

 

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