Bus firm’s bid to replace Oswaldtwistle's axed route

FILLING IN GAP Pilkington Buses

FILLING IN GAP Pilkington Buses

First published in Hyndburn

A family bus firm has come to the rescue of pensioners, children and shoppers stranded by Transdev’s decision to cut two areas of Oswaldtwistle from their Hyndburn circular service.

The plan to reroute the number six and seven buses away from the Thwaites Road and Windsor Road areas caused dismay and fury earlier this month.

Now Alan Pilkington, of Pilkington Bus, in Argyle Street, Accrington, has applied to take over those sections of the circular route.

Service number 20 would serve Thwaites Road and service 21 Windsor Road on a 20-minute frequency between Blackburn and Accrington six days a week starting at around 7am running till after 6pm.

If the application is granted, the new buses will start on September 17, the day after Transdev’s service is suspended.

Mr Pilkington said: “I would ask local residents not to panic. They will soon have a regular low floor bus service with pleasant drivers, operated by a local firm who puts local people and communities first.

“There will be discounts for day and week tickets for commuters, schoolchildren and students. We ran this service until about five years ago, but then concentrated on our services in Chorley.

“We think we can make a profit and provide a public service.”

Tory councillor for St Oswald’s ward Marlene Haworth, who led the protests over Transdev’s changes, said: “It’s a pity Transdev decided to drop this part of their service but I am very pleased that someone else has come forward to fill the gap.”

Transdev’s marketing director Nigel Eggleton said “Our passengers have asked for more buses to and from Royal Blackburn Hospital while commenting the current pattern of service is just a little complicated. These changes are designed to deal with these requests and at the same time make some sensible economies where certain buses are little used.”

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1:27pm Wed 29 Aug 12

maxcollie says...

Good on you Alan .You can always rely on Pilky's.
Good on you Alan .You can always rely on Pilky's. maxcollie
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1:28pm Wed 29 Aug 12

mavrick says...

Perhaps Cllr Marlene Haworth should remember it was Maggie who privatised the buses and this is the fall out from it. People are still suffering the effects of the Thatcher policies.
Perhaps Cllr Marlene Haworth should remember it was Maggie who privatised the buses and this is the fall out from it. People are still suffering the effects of the Thatcher policies. mavrick
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2:05pm Wed 29 Aug 12

superfly agaric says...

mavrick wrote:
Perhaps Cllr Marlene Haworth should remember it was Maggie who privatised the buses and this is the fall out from it. People are still suffering the effects of the Thatcher policies.
If the buses hadn't been privatised and the council run service was moved in the same way as Transdev's have moved theirs there wouldn't be a Pilinkgtons to step in. You should, therefore, be thanking 'Maggie' for enabling private enterprise.
The state our councils are in do you seriously think we would have a better bus service if it was run by them?
It would just be another revenue stream for their pensions.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Cllr Marlene Haworth should remember it was Maggie who privatised the buses and this is the fall out from it. People are still suffering the effects of the Thatcher policies.[/p][/quote]If the buses hadn't been privatised and the council run service was moved in the same way as Transdev's have moved theirs there wouldn't be a Pilinkgtons to step in. You should, therefore, be thanking 'Maggie' for enabling private enterprise. The state our councils are in do you seriously think we would have a better bus service if it was run by them? It would just be another revenue stream for their pensions. superfly agaric
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7:05pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Kevin, Colne says...

There were two strands to Nicholas Ridley’s 1985 Transport Act: privatisation and outside Greater London deregulation - the removal of restrictions upon supply by abolishing road service licensing. The two issues are quite separate.

There can be no doubt that long before 1985 road service licensing, which incidentally had been introduced under the Road Traffic Act, 1930 with the aim of capturing the benefits of competition and co-ordination (see the Royal Commission on Transport 1928-30 and D. N. Chester’s 1936 book ‘Public Control of Passenger Transport’) was no longer the appropriate regulatory framework for the industry.

It is fair to say that neither the outcome predicted by supporters of deregulation – notably Professors Beesley, Glaister and Hibbs - nor the dire predictions of those who opposed deregulation – most of the industry at that time - came to pass.
There were two strands to Nicholas Ridley’s 1985 Transport Act: privatisation and outside Greater London deregulation - the removal of restrictions upon supply by abolishing road service licensing. The two issues are quite separate. There can be no doubt that long before 1985 road service licensing, which incidentally had been introduced under the Road Traffic Act, 1930 with the aim of capturing the benefits of competition and co-ordination (see the Royal Commission on Transport 1928-30 and D. N. Chester’s 1936 book ‘Public Control of Passenger Transport’) was no longer the appropriate regulatory framework for the industry. It is fair to say that neither the outcome predicted by supporters of deregulation – notably Professors Beesley, Glaister and Hibbs - nor the dire predictions of those who opposed deregulation – most of the industry at that time - came to pass. Kevin, Colne
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10:26pm Mon 3 Sep 12

flashy says...

Thankyou Pilkys, we live at Intack, my son goes to School in Ossy, we'd be a bit stranded if it weren't for you guys
Thankyou Pilkys, we live at Intack, my son goes to School in Ossy, we'd be a bit stranded if it weren't for you guys flashy
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