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Bus service changes from 29th January

published: Wednesday, January 04 2017

From 28th January, we'll be making some changes to bus services as follows:

 

Service 244 : Blackburn - Belthorn - Grane Road - Haslingden - Helmshore - Rawtenstall

Timetables for Sunday journeys between Haslingden, Helmshore and Rawtenstall will be revised slightly.

Timetables are on this website here

 

Service 464 : Rochdale  -Whitworth - Bacup - Waterfoot - Rawtenstall - Haslingden - Accrington

We'll be making some changes to timetables on Mondays to Fridays and providing more double deckers on the service to help provide additional capacity at busy times of the day.

Evening and Sunday timetables will be revised to help improve reliability, including an earlier journey into Rochdale on Sunday mornings.

Timetables are on this website here

 

Service 465 : Todmorden - Bacup - Waterfoot

This new service will operate on schooldays only, providing one journey in each direction between Todmorden, Bacup and Waterfoot, largely to cater for demand from schoolchildren and students travelling from Calderdale to Rossendale for education.

Timetables for this new service are on this website here

 

Service 480 : Bolton - Affetside - Hawkshaw - Tottington - Walshaw - Bury

We're making some small changes to the times of Monday to Friday morning journeys, with an additional journey being added from Tottington to Bury at 0824. An additional journey will operate at 1745 from Bury to Walves on Monday to Fridays.

Timetables are on this website here

 

Service 482 : Todmorden - Bacup - Rawtenstall - Edenfield - Walmersley - Bury

Unfortunately, we'll no longer be operating Todmorden - Bacup section of this service. Buses will continue to operate between Bacup and Bury on Mondays to Saturdays to a revised timetable.

Until April 2016 and for at least 30 years prior to that, the bus service between Bacup and Todmorden was subsidised by local authorities: Lancashire County Council (LCC) contracted operators to provide the service, and West Yorkshire Metro have also contributed to the cost. Throughout this period, Rossendale Transport has been the main service provider but as services such as this are subject to competitive tendering, other operators have run the service from time to time.

From April 2016, as part of a wider review of subsidised bus services, LCC withdrew their subsidy and terminated our contract to operate the service. In response, we took the decision to extend the 482 (Bacup to Bury) service to also operate between Todmorden and Bacup. This has run to a slightly reduced timetable than the previously subsidised service and required less resource to operate. We had hoped that this would be viable enough to operate on a commercial basis. Unfortunately, having operated the service for nine months, it is clear that the income generated on-bus through fares is insufficient to sustain the service in the longer term. As a business, we are unable to sustain the operation of loss making services and reluctantly, we have now taken the decision to withdraw the service.

We will operate one journey in each direction on schooldays only (new service 465), largely to cater for demand from schoolchildren and students travelling from Calderdale to Rossendale for education.

New timetables for service 482 are on this website here

Details of new service 465 are on this website here

 

Service 483 : Burnley - Water - Rawtenstall - Edenfield - Walmersley - Bury 

We'll be making some timetable changes to this service, including some slightly earlier and later journeys between Bury and Rawtenstall on weekdays.

Sunday timetables will be revised slightly, including a later journey from Rawtenstall to Bury.

New timetables are on this website here

 

Service 484 : Accrington - Haslingden - Helmshore - Edenfield - Ramsbottom - Walmersley - Bury

Timetables for Sunday journeys between Haslingden and Bury will be revised slightly, including an earlier journey from Bury to Haslingden.

New timetables are on this website here

 

Service 494 : Bury - Fishpool - Ferngrove (Dickybird circular)

A new timetable will apply on Mondays to Saturdays and will be operated with financial support from Transport for Greater Manchester. 

New timetables are on this website here


Service 590 : Rochdale - Littleborough - Todmorden

An afternoon journey, running from Todmorden to Rochdale will operate on schooldays, departing at 1615.

New timetables are on this website here

 

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