<![CDATA[Preston Bus News]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news.html <![CDATA[Service 6 diverts due to heavy traffic]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service6divertsduetoheavytraffic_539.html In an effort to maintain some service reliability in the Preston traffic service 6 will divert this afternoon with immediate effect. The extremely heavy traffic on Deepdale Road heading for the city means service 6 will operate via St George's Road, St Paul's Road, Sedgwick Street and North Road on journeys inbound to the bus station - with immediate effect until 7pm tonight.

Outbound from the city centre the 6 will take its normal route along Deepdale Road.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Service6divertsduetoheavytraffic_539.html
<![CDATA[Christmas Timetable]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ChristmasTimetable_536.html The Preston Bus Christmas Timetable is now available to download from our website

Download the Boxing Day Timetable here

Download a timetable summary plus extra early morning journey times here

Download the last bus times for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve here

The full printed timetable is available from our Information Centre on Preston Bus Station (opposite gate 35) and on our buses from tomorrow (Saturday 10th December). Get yours quick while stocks last!

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ChristmasTimetable_536.html
<![CDATA[Throwback Thursday History of Moor Nook service]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ThrowbackThursdayHistoryofMoorNookservice_535.html         The first bus service to Moor Nook or Moorside, as it was then known, commenced running on 10th July 1939, using the route letter M and was routed via Ribbleton Lane, Skeffington Road, Cemetery Road and Miller Road. However, at this time there were no houses beyond the end of Miller Road and the buses turned round at what used to be called Ullswater Road (since renamed Village Drive). In August 1948 alternate buses were extended to Moor Nook Farm to turn round at the junction of Grizedale Crescent and Thornley Road. The terminus was altered to the junction of Pope Lane and Ribbleton Hall Drive in September 1950.

Before moving to the Bus Station, the Moor Nook service departed from a stand in Church Street, except for an eight year period, between 1952-60, when the stand was in Birley Street. 1951 Leyland PD2/1, No.116, is seen in Birley Street, in the mid-1950s.

Photo: Mike Rhodes collection

           In March 1952 the service was re-lettered MN and an additional service, running on Saturdays only and lettered M, commenced running via Ribbleton Lane and Ribbleton Avenue. This latter service was withdrawn in December 1956. From March 1953 the Ullswater Road terminus was abandoned and a few months later the service was linked across town with the Broadgate BR. In May 1965 outbound buses were rerouted via Acregate Lane. Through running to Broadgate was discontinued in December 1968 when the Broadgate service was converted to 'PAYB' operation. Having latterly run from a stand in Birley Street the MN was relocated to the new Bus Station, in October 1969. 'PAYB' Leyland Panther buses were introduced to the service from 3rd December 1971, on Monday to Saturday (Sundays from 5th September 1976). The service was rerouted again, outbound via Blackpool Road, in January 1972 and at the same time altered to turn at Moor Nook via Fairsnape Road and Thornley Road.

The service was converted to 'PAYB' operation on 3rd December 1971 and was initially operated by Leyland Panthers, before Atlanteans took over in the early 1980s. No.205 was one of five MCW-bodied Panthers, which were new in December 1968. It is seen in Cemetery Road on 22nd August 1980

Photo: Mike Rhodes

      On the introduction of service numbers, in November 1980, the route was numbered 7. In October 1985 the service number was changed to 8 so that the number 7 could be used for one of the Brookfield services. In October 1986 inbound buses were rerouted as outbound, via Blackpool Road and Ribbleton Avenue. On 13th July 1987 the service was converted to mini-bus operation and re-routed to use Ribbleton Avenue to Ribbleton Hall Drive and then loop around the estate.

Mini-buses were introduced to the service from 13th July 1987. The route through the estate was subsequently altered several times. MCW Metrorider, No.34, was one of 42 of the type operated and is seen in Grizedale Crescent on, 29th November 2004.

Photo: Mike Rhodes

        From 16th October 1989 an additional mini-bus operated service, numbered 9, commenced running via Stanley Street, New Hall Lane, Blackpool Road and Miller Road. It was withdrawn in May 2001 and reintroduced by Stagecoach in October 2007. In May 2001 service 8 was altered to use Farringdon Lane and Grizedale Crescent, which continued until June 2004, when it reverted bac7884k to Ribbleton Hall Drive. Low-floor Optare Solo buses were introduced to the route on 13th October 2006. Following the takeover by Rotala, in January 2011, big buses were reintroduced to the service.

Earlier this year Rotala invested in a fleet of Wrightbus Streetlites and six of the type were allocated to the Preston Bus fleet. No.32302 is seen on its first day in service, on 25th April, in Pope Lane on the Moor Nook estate.

Photo: Mike Rhodes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ThrowbackThursdayHistoryofMoorNookservice_535.html
<![CDATA[Timetable and route changes to Service 3A]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/TimetableandroutechangestoService3A_531.html Lancashire County Council has revised the route and timetable for service 3A, amending the service to additionally serve Tanhouse Road in both directions instead of Grimshaw Road, in Skelmersdale. The changes come into effect on Monday 5th December 2016.

There has also been a minor route alteration in Parbold to serve the village in an anti-clockwise direction loop (from Alder Lane, Lancaster Lane, The Common, Station Road and Mill Lane back to Alder Lane). This will assist with maintaining reliability by avoiding double running over the railway crossing (where delays have been experienced), and as a consequence provides a service for the eastern side of the village.

The timetable has been amended to accommodate the route adjustments, and Preston Bus continue to run the service every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime. The revised timetable can be downloaded here.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/TimetableandroutechangestoService3A_531.html
<![CDATA[Blog Preston goes 'on the buses’ in new partnership]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BlogPrestongoesonthebusesinnewpartnership_529.html A community newspaper and bus provider in Lancashire have teamed up to keep passengers entertained. 


Blog Preston's community newspaper is now 'on the buses' thanks to Preston Bus.


A total of 1,000 copies are being distributed via Preston Bus Station and onto vehicles.


Tom Calderbank from Preston Bus said: "We are trialling making Blog Preston newspapers available on a small number of vehicles used on the long-distance Preston-Skipton service. 

"Hopefully, this trial will be a success and can be rolled out across all services in the near future. We are working to improve the quality of our services for customers and we feel that giving them something to read on their journey will help to pass the time. Blog Preston is a high quality publication and one that matches our customers' interests."


The free weekly community newspaper is distributed to thousands of homes across the city and also available at various pick up points in the city centre. It started as a community website in 2009 and continues to publish via www.blogpreston.co.uk reaching 30,000 Prestonians a week.


Editor and founder of Blog Preston Ed Walker said: "It's great to be working with Preston Bus on this. We know plenty of people already log on while on the bus to keep abreast of the latest Preston goings on, but it's also great to be able to offer them this weekly digest to browse while on the move too.


"Hopefully we can expand after this trial to see Blog Preston on every bus service across the city."

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BlogPrestongoesonthebusesinnewpartnership_529.html
<![CDATA[Preston Bus supports BBC Children in Need]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBussupportsBBCChildreninNeed_528.html Preston Bus was pleased to be able to support the volunteers working on the BBC DIY SOS project in Blackpool. Nick Knowles, DIY SOS presenter, and the ‘Purple Shirts’ team have begun transforming a Blackpool-based young carers centre from a run-down, neglected Victorian house, to a fun, safe and supportive environment where young carers are able to enjoy their childhood.

Back in the summer, in partnership with our friends at Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, we provided transport for the volunteer 'Purple Shirts' team to and from the build site each day over the two-week project. Transport was operated both by Myerscough College mini buses and Preston Bus double deckers based at our small depot in Blackpool. 

Bob Dunn, Managing Director of Preston Bus, commented "it was a pleasure to be involved in this very worthwhile cause. I do hope the young carers enjoy the refurbished building for many years to come."


The programme is due to air on BBC1 at 20.00 on Thursday 17th November, and will be available to view on BBC iPlayer for weeks following. 

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBussupportsBBCChildreninNeed_528.html
<![CDATA[Preston Bus Station - Temporary Bay Closures]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBusStation-TemporaryBayClosures_527.html From Monday 14th November there will be a ‘rolling programme’ of bay closures whilst remedial work is undertaken to the ‘overhang’ of the car park above.

Each section worked on will be between the concrete stanchions, meaningthree bays will be closed at a time. Although the time taken to complete the work on each section may vary, it is expected that the bays will be out of order for approximately a week at a time.

Services will be shuffled so that the ‘transferring’ services will always use bays 32, 33 and 34.

For approximately two months the following changes will be made:

Services 75 and 80 will transfer to bay 26 (with service 44)

Services 13 and 112 will transfer to bay 27

Temporary changes (for approximately one week) from first journey on Monday 14th November:

Service 16                         - bay 34

Service 280                       - bay 33

Service 8                           - bay 32   

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBusStation-TemporaryBayClosures_527.html
<![CDATA[We want your views]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Wewantyourviews_526.html To allow us to continue to improve the Preston-Skipton bus service, we want your views. It is our aim to operate an attractive service that is well used by a range of passengers. We’re asking you what you like and dislike about the service, as well as questions on why you travel with us.

To say thank you, we are offering two EasiWeek Gold tickets in a prize draw for all respondents.

Please click here to complete the survey.


Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Wewantyourviews_526.html
<![CDATA[Download the Preston Bus Mobile Ticketing App]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/DownloadthePrestonBusMobileTicketingApp_525.html
The Preston Bus Mobile Ticketing App is now available to download on the App Store and Google Play

The Preston Bus Mobile Ticketing App is now available for download. Compatible with iPhone and iPad (iOS 8.0 or later) and Android devices (Android 4.4 and up), you can use it to buy tickets and passes securely with a credit or debit card - which means no more searching for change or lost paper passes.

Download the new Preston Bus App on the App Store™ and Google Play™

Click on the badges below, and let your mobile be your ticket






Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/DownloadthePrestonBusMobileTicketingApp_525.html
<![CDATA[Buses during the festive season in and around Preston]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BusesduringthefestiveseasoninandaroundPreston_524.html We'll be operating a normal service up to and including Friday 23rd December.


On 24th December, Christmas Eve, a Saturday service will operate, with buses finishing at around 8.00pm.

Last buses on Christmas Eve:

6/6A:  Bus Station - Gamull Lane                1950

           Gamull Lane - Bus Station                1933

8:        Bus Station - Moor Nook                   1955

           Moor Nook - Bus Station                   1937

12:     Preston - Longton                              1816

           Longton - Preston                             1845

16:    Bus Station - Farringdon Park           2000

          Farringdon Park - Bus Station          1943

19:    Bus Station - RPH                               1935

          RPH - Bus Station                               1954

23:    Bus Station - Asda                             1950

         Asda - Bus Station                              1955

31:   Bus Station - Savick                            2000

        Savick - Bus Station                             1955

35:   Bus Station - Tanterton                       1950

        Tanterton - Bus Station                       1947

44:   Bus Station - Cottam                          1945

         Cottam - Bus Station                          1942

89:   Bus Station - Lea                                 1945

        Lea - Bus Station                                  1939

The following services will operate as normal, as buses finish by around 8.00pm anyway: 1 (Park and Ride), 3A, 5/6 (Ormskirk Town Circulars), 13, 14, 74, 75/75A, 80, 112, 114, 280.


On 25th December, Christmas Day, no services will operate.


On 26th December, Boxing Day, a limited shoppers service will operate on services 6A, 8, 16, 19, 23, 35, 89. Please note that Portway Park and Ride will not be open on Boxing Day. Preston North End FC are playing Leeds at home on Boxing Day, so our Football Specials will be operating as normal - click here for details. Please check back here for full timetables nearer the time.


On 27th December, Sunday timetables will operate on all services. Services that do not normally operate on Sundays will not run.


On Wednesday 28th December, Thursday 29th December and Friday 30th December, Saturday timetables will operate with additional early morning journeys on some services. Service 88 (Larches-Royal Preston Hospital) will operate a regular Monday-Friday timetable.

Additional early morning journeys on these dates:

6: the journeys towards Red Scar at 0530, 0550 and 0820 that usually commence from Deepdale Road bus depot will start at the Bus Station five minutes earlier.

8: Moor Nook (0607) - Bus Station

12: Longton (0730) - Preston

      Preston (0816) - Longton

      Longton (0845) - Preston

14: Longsands (0605) - Bus Station

       Bus Station (0632) - Longsands

       Longsands (0649) - Bus Station

       Bus Station (0711) - Longsands

       Longsands (0731) - Bus Station

19: Bus Station (0610)  - RPH

      RPH (0629) - Bus Station

(please note that service 19A (RPH staff Park and Ride shuttle) will not be operating on these days)

23: Bus Station (0540) - RPH - Asda

      Asda (0545) - RPH - Bus Station

      Bus Station (0600) - RPH - Asda

35: Tanterton (0530) - Bus Station

       Bus Station (0550) - Tanterton

       Tanterton (0610) - Bus Station

44: Cottam (0637) - Bus Station

       Bus Station (0710) - Cottam

       Cottam (0707) - Bus Station

       Bus Station (0740) - Cottam

89:  Lea (0531) - Bus Station

280: Barnoldswick (0628) - Clitheroe (0652) - Preston (0736)

Services not mentioned above will operate a normal Saturday timetable, with no additional early morning journeys. Please note service 88 (Larches - Royal Preston Hospital) will operate a Monday-Friday timetable.

The late night journeys on service 12 (2230 to Longton and return), 16 (2330 and 2400 to Farringdon Park and return), 23 (2400 and 0100 to Sherwood - Barnacre Close) and 35 (2330, 0030, 0130) that normally only operate on Fridays and Saturdays will operate on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December!


On 31st December, New Years Eve, a Saturday service will operate, with buses finishing at around 8.00pm. Last buses will be at the same times as on Christmas Eve.


On 1st January, New Years Day, no services will operate.


On 2nd January, a Sunday service will operate.


From Tuesday 3rd January, normal timetables will resume.


Preston Bus would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas, and we look forward to your continued loyalty in 2017.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BusesduringthefestiveseasoninandaroundPreston_524.html