A VITAL bus link between Chorley and Buckshaw Village has been saved.
But folk have been warned - use it or lose it.
The 12-month trial service begins later this month.
Lancashire County Council has stepped to save the transport lifeline in place of a withdrawn commercially operated service.
The new number 14 replaces the current number 10 operated by Stagecoach who say it is not to be commercially viable.
The county council is subsidising the number 14 for a year. It says it recognises the link between Chorley Interchange and Buckshaw Village is vital for people going to work and leisure, as well as other key services.
The number 14 will be operated by RS Tyrer of Adlington, every 30 minutes at peak times: 6.30am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm – and about every hour off-peak.
County Coun Mark Perks, who represents North Chorley and Buckshaw Village, said: “I’m very pleased the county council has acted quickly and decisively to provide a replacement for the commercial number 10 service which is being withdrawn. Many people in this area need to be able to access Buckshaw Parkway to get trains to Manchester and Preston and this bus service will maintain that vital public transport link.
“This is a developing area and with increasing employment opportunities and it’s very important that we provide good alternatives to the car as it continues to grow.
“But it’s important people realise we’re operating this as a 12-month trial and they need to use the service or risk losing it – money is tight and all subsidies need to provide good value for money in terms of passenger numbers and support from fares.”
The 14, starting on Monday, July 23, will continue to operate along Old Worden Avenue and Central Avenue, including Buckshaw Parkway, in Buckshaw Village. But, unlike the 10, it will go via the A6 and Buckshaw Avenue instead of Euxton to avoid duplication with the existing 109, and provide new opportunities for people to access Buckshaw’s employment areas.