Village bus service from Darwen to Bromley Cross to be saved by council subsidy (From Blackburn Citizen)
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Village bus service from Darwen to Bromley Cross to be saved by council subsidy
1:23pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A VITAL village bus link has been saved after the council agreed to subsidise a replacement service.
Darwen Coaches will extend its service from Darwen to Edgworth to go as far as Bromley Cross after Arriva axed one of its buses.
The firm recently announced the 537 service would be terminating at Bromley Cross from the end of this month, causing anger among villagers.
The service will initially operate until March, when it will be reviewed.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for regeneration Coun Maureen Bateson said: “The council recognises the importance of local public transport and despite the financial constraints, we have agreed to find an additional subsidy to provide an extension to the existing subsidised rural minibus, service 37, from Darwen to Edgworth, which will now also serve Bromley Cross.
“This service will operate Monday to Fridays for an initial period to the end of March, where it will be part of a wider review of other subsidised services.
“The decision to withdraw the Arriva 537 Bolton to Edgworth bus service was made by Arriva for commercial reasons.
“However, as soon as we found out, we worked closely with other local bus operators to find an interim solution for the residents of Edgworth and we continue to have ongoing discussions.”
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