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Huge changes unveiled for East Lancashire bus services
LARGE scale changes to bus timetables and services have been unveiled for Blackburn and Hyndburn.
Seven routes operated by Transdev will see new timetables, some later buses and some bus stops reinstated in response to a series of public surveys.
However the less popular routes six and seven will no longer link Oswaldtwistle with Royal Blackburn Hospital and Shadsworth.
The services will be re-routed to serve Intack, extend to Great Harwood and will see the re-opening of two stops on Thwaites Road and Windsor Road in Oswaldtwistle that had been closed by Transdev last September.
The old route including the stop in Accrington Road, Blackburn, will be taken over by the less frequent 41 service.
The number one service from Blackburn to Bolton will run at more frequent 15-minute intervals and operate later.
The Blackburn to Darwen service will increase its nightly provision to every half-hour while a new service combining services 2 and 124 will link Chorley with Darwen and Blackburn for the first time.
The changes also came in response to Blackburn Council’s £85million regeneration of the town centre and will see service 41 operate in a one-way loop through the town centre via Railway Road and serving the town hall, Blackburn College and Mill Hill Bridge Street rather than Peel Street.
Transdev Lancashire United marketing director Nigel Eggleton said: “Major regeneration projects in Blackburn have given us the opportunity to review the routes our buses take in the central area.
“Many buses will have a new way in and out of Blackburn town centre taking passengers closer to the main shopping areas and also access to the college and health centre.
“We asked passengers what they needed from us, we listened to what they said and as a result we are increasing the frequency of services on main routes with better connections.”
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