Councillors and campaigners are delighted that the proposals which will be put to Lancashire County Council’s bus services working group on Tuesday include their proposals to keep a “vital minimum” hourly service on the service 95 “Pendle Green Line” service, Monday to Friday and on Saturdays.
Deputy Council leader Councillor Tony Greaves (Liberal Democrat, Waterside) compiled a submission to LCC on behalf of four local County Councillors and Pendle Council itself. He said: “This is a bit better than we suggested, and it’s a lot better than we feared when the LCC leadership said they intended to scrap all their support for local bus services like this.
Pendle Green Line Bus (Service 95) to run hourly
“The proposed service will run hourly from before breakfast to the early evening rather than half hourly as now. The cut in frequency is disappointing but it is a lot better than nothing and it will continue to provide an essential lifeline for many older people and others without cars in Colne and Nelson.”
What route does the Pendle Green Line Bus take?
The 95 service runs from Burnley to Nelson via Burnley hospital and Walverden Road, then from Nelson bus station to Colne via Marsden Park and Boundary Mill. It then covers the North Valley estate and the Castle Road/Venables Avenue area before reaching Colne town centre via Byron Road. It will then take the loop into Colne's South Valley before returning the same way.
Pendle Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Greaves welcomes the news
Councillor Greaves added: “I am personally very pleased that the proposal includes the loop round the South Valley area of Colne – I seem to have been battling to keep a basic service to the Waterside area for most of my life! I was also closely involved some 30 years ago as a local County Councillor in setting up the North Valley minibus services so I was even more determined we must not lose them!
“We are now all keeping our fingers crossed that the meeting on Tuesday agrees to these recommendations from the County public transport staff.”
Campaigns to save the Pendle Green Line bus
When the abolition of bus support was announced a number of campaigns started up including an internet petition organised by local Liberals which raised almost 1000 signatures, a petition on the buses with over 600 names, and several local residents who ran awareness campaigns in their own streets.
In the event the LCC budget meeting kept a budget to support local bus services in Lancashire but slashed it from some £8million to just £2million, so service cuts were inevitable.
Pendle Council set up a cross-party working group of local County Councillors and leading Pendle Councillors to work together on LCC cuts in Pendle, and the Liberal Democrat and Labour members put forward route proposals which are basically those which have now been put to the County’s own members. It is hoped they will be agreed this Tuesday in time to tender out for a new contract to start on 4th April.