<![CDATA[Preston Bus News]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news.html <![CDATA[PARTNERSHIP WORKING SAVES VITAL BUS LINK]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PARTNERSHIPWORKINGSAVESVITALBUSLINK_440.html
Local bus service saved from Lancashire County Council cuts. Service 12, which runs from Preston city centre to Longton, will now operate under partnership between Preston Bus and Longton Parish Council.

Preston Bus is pleased to announce that in partnership with Longton Parish Council, bus service 12 has been saved from Lancashire County Council cuts. The service, which runs from Preston to Longton via New Longton and Penwortham, was threatened with cancellation by LCC as part of their austerity measures.

A new timetable and route through Penwortham has been formulated and agreed with the Parish council, thus retaining a vital link between Longton, New Longton and Preston. The move follows much unrest within the two villages and concern over how those with no access to a car are going to be able to visit educational establishments, healthcare appointments, or simply to socialise with friends. The deal entails both the Parish Council and Preston Bus contributing to the costs of running the service. It is hoped that within a couple of years, the service will be commercially viable, being run at no cost to Longton Parish Council. This innovative agreement, in which the risk is shared between Longton Parish Council and Preston Bus, is believed to be the only one in Lancashire and one of a few nationwide.

The revised route and timetable will be released shortly, but provides a more direct link into Preston for those in Longton, New Longton and Penwortham than was the case previously, because it no longer serves the Broadgate area. The service will start and finish at Lune Street in the City Centre, providing convenient access to St George’s Shopping Centre and the rest of the shopping area. A free connection will be available at the Railway Station for passengers wishing to travel to the Bus Station.

As well as the improved daytime service, a single evening departure on Fridays and Saturdays will be provided for those living in Penwortham, New Longton or Longton who wish to go out into Preston for the evening.

Preston Bus Managing Director, Bob Dunn, commented: “I am delighted that we are able to continue to operate this lifeline service to Longton and New Longton. With all the bad news for bus passengers coming out of LCC recently, it is fantastic to be able to play a part in this innovative agreement that will see improvements for bus passengers.”

Councillor Graham Gooch, chairman of Longton Parish Council and shadow cabinet member for Highways and Transport at LCC, welcomed the move: “this partnership will maintain a vital local bus service for residents in New Longton and Longton”.

A launch event is to be held in early April, details to be confirmed. All members of the public and press are cordially invited.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PARTNERSHIPWORKINGSAVESVITALBUSLINK_440.html
<![CDATA[West Side of Bus Station to Re-open]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/WestSideofBusStationtoRe-open_439.html
Following emergency repairs the West Side of Preston Bus Station is to re-open on Wednesday 3rd of February

We have been informed that the West side of Preston Bus Station is to re-open next Wednesday 3rd February. The bus stands on that side of the building - used predominantly by Preston Bus - have been closed since early in December 2015, when Storm Desmond caused glass to shatter in the large windows above stand 29.

Bus station owners, Lancashire County Council, closed the station's West side, including pedestrian walkways, for public safety. Since the closure bus operators have been forced to use the East side of the bus station only, and public access has been via subways and one path to the South, which has caused some difficulty and confusion for passengers. In particular passengers with limited mobility and wheelchair users have been been adversely affected when trying to board and alight buses.

From first bus on Wednesday 3rd, Preston Bus (and all businesses using the bus station) look forward to services getting back to normal. We would like to thank our staff and customers for their patience and good humour displayed during the closure period, it is much appreciated.

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/WestSideofBusStationtoRe-open_439.html
<![CDATA[No Bus Access to Royal Preston Hospital Grounds]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NoBusAccesstoRoyalPrestonHospitalGrounds_436.html Services 19, 19A and 88C will be unable to access Royal Preston Hospital grounds again later this week as essential works are carried out.

Buses will divert from 08:00 Thursday 21st January - 18:00 Saturday 23rd January 2016.

During the closure service 19A will terminate at the Sharoe Green turning circle opposite St. Clare's Church. From 08:00 on Thursday morning service 19 will serve the Broadwood Drive Estate as usual, but will not enter the hospital grounds afterwards, and will serve the bus stop outside Booths.

88C will not enter the hospital grounds either, but will serve the bus stop outside Booths.

Signage will be placed at the bus stops by RPH site management informing passengers that stops are out of use.

As this closure covers peak times (Friday afternoon in particular) there may be some unavoidable delays. Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NoBusAccesstoRoyalPrestonHospitalGrounds_436.html
<![CDATA[Service 114 disrupted but soon back to normal route]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service114disruptedbutsoonbacktonormalroute_434.html Earlier today (Sunday 17th) service 114 could not operate to its normal route in Clayton-le-Woods, because of safety concerns. Compacted snow made conditions treacherous.

However, following this afternoon's rain which has cleared the ice, the service will once again use Mendip Road and Spring Meadow. There may still be some delay, as we have to inform drivers. Apologies for any inconvenience, and please be aware that the pavements in those areas are still heavily iced, so take care.

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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service114disruptedbutsoonbacktonormalroute_434.html
<![CDATA[Have Your Say on Local Bus Cuts]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/HaveYourSayonLocalBusCuts_432.html Have Your Say…

You may have heard about the recent decision to cut local subsidised bus services. Amongst other services in Lancashire, the 12/12A, 13A, 112, 114, 75, 80 operated by Preston Bus on behalf of Lancashire County Council are at risk. LCC is now asking for your views on the decision - follow the link below to have your say on withdrawal of subsidy from local bus services. Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Lancashire County Council Say:
Over the next five years the county council needs to make further savings of £262m. This is the result of continued cuts in Government funding, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

We are now consulting on the budget proposals to withdraw the subsidy and terminate all local bus service contracts and would like to hear your views on these proposals.

The consultation/expressions of interest are open until the Sunday 27 March 2016 visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay to have your say.

Alternatively, you can pick up a hard copy of the consultation questionnaire at your local library or County Information Centre.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/HaveYourSayonLocalBusCuts_432.html
<![CDATA["Suspicious Device" found in city]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/SuspiciousDevicefoundincity_426.html **BREAKING** Fishergate and Corporation Street now open again, buses will revert to normal routes, but delays are still possible for some time because of knock-on effects of heavy traffic on Ringway.

Following the discovery of a "suspicious device" at the Fishergate Shopping Centre, Fishergate and Corporation Street were temporarily closed. All services usually using Fishergate and Corporation Street were diverted via Ringway and Bow Lane.

ALL SERVICES are likely to be delayed, Ringway is currently congested.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/SuspiciousDevicefoundincity_426.html
<![CDATA[Service 80 operating to full route again]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service80operatingtofullrouteagain_424.html From Wednesday 16th December service 80 is operating along its full route once more, after the road through St Michael's on Wyre reopened. Previously terminating in Great Eccleston, the service will now terminate at Myerscough College as usual.

Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. 

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service80operatingtofullrouteagain_424.html
<![CDATA[114 - reverts to normal route]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/114-revertstonormalroute_423.html We have just been informed that the road is open once again and service 114 will revert to its normal route along Chorley Old Road.

Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/114-revertstonormalroute_423.html
<![CDATA[Preston Gridlock - a message to our customers]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonGridlock-amessagetoourcustomers_420.html Thank you everyone for bearing with us during the peak time traffic issues we've been experiencing this week. There are always traffic congestion issues in Preston this time of year, but in 2015 the problems appear to have intensified, especially around the Butler Street/Fishergate/Corporation Street junctions, with knock-on effects being felt throughout Preston. Our services keep running, but many are seriously delayed by repeated gridlock in the city centre. On Wednesday there was the added factor of a road closure following a terrible accident on Guildway. Our thoughts are with those affected, including the emergency services who do a difficult job with great skill and humanity.

We'd like to assure our customers that, as usual, our driving and support teams will keep operating to the best of their ability, serving the city of Preston. We may be unavoidably delayed at times, but we still get you where you need to go.

We wait with interest to see the effects of the promised "Traffic Marshalls."

In the meantime, we'd like to take the opportunity to wish all our customers and colleagues a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonGridlock-amessagetoourcustomers_420.html
<![CDATA[Flood - Service 80 terminates early]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Flood-Service80terminatesearly_419.html We have reports that because of flood waters service 80 (Preston - Myerscough College) has to terminate at Great Eccleston. Unfortunately this means that stops between Great Eccleston and Myerscough College will not be served. We do not know how long this diversion will last, but as soon we have clearance that it is safe to do so, the 80 will return to its normal route.

UPDATE - TUESDAY 9th DECEMBER: HOYLES LANE has reopened, so service 80 is once again on its normal route. However it is STILL terminating at Great Eccleston

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Flood-Service80terminatesearly_419.html