<![CDATA[Preston Bus News]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news.html <![CDATA[Bank Holiday Monday]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BankHolidayMonday_467.html Please note, Preston Bus will operate to a Sunday timetable on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BankHolidayMonday_467.html
<![CDATA[New Bus Departure Stands]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NewBusDepartureStands_462.html Where to catch your bus on Preston Bus Station, from Monday 4th April 2016




35 Tanterton 33
43 Cottam & Ingol  26
31 Savick 25
89 Lea/Larches 24
14/14A Longsands 22
6/6A Redscar 21
23 Asda 19
23 Asda 18
19 Royal Preston Hospital 17
19 Royal Preston Hospital 16
16 Farringdon Park 12
280 Skipton 11
8 Moor Nook 10


Other services:
Catch service 12 to Longton from Lune Street in the city.
Service 88 operates between Cottam and Royal Preston Hospital.


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NewBusDepartureStands_462.html
<![CDATA[No Bus Access to Royal Preston Hospital Grounds]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NoBusAccesstoRoyalPrestonHospitalGrounds_461.html There will be no bus access to Royal Preston Hospital grounds 0800 - 1700 on Sunday 3rd April, to allow for pot hole repairs near the bus stops.

Services 19A and 86 will both terminate at the turning circle opposite St Clare's, and will not enter the hospital site. Please note: the Sharoe Green Lane bus stop opposite Booths will not be served.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NoBusAccesstoRoyalPrestonHospitalGrounds_461.html
<![CDATA[Download timetables for LCC subsidised routes]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/DownloadtimetablesforLCCsubsidisedroutes_460.html Printed timetables for 13, 112, 114, 74, 75, 80 are available from the usual outlets, including information centres on Preston Bus Station, while stocks last. Please note, these services see route changes as well as timetable changes from Monday 4th April 2016.

Download the new 112 timetable here.

Download the new 114 timetable here.

Download the new 74 timetable here

Download the new 75/80 timetable here.

Download the new 13 timetable here.

Printed timetables for Preston Bus services 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 31, 35, 42, 88 & 89 are now available from our information centre on Preston Bus Station, and on many buses while stocks last. You can also download PDF versions here. Printed timetables for service 280 will be available shortly.

All timetables on this page are valid from Monday 4th April 2016 onwards.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/DownloadtimetablesforLCCsubsidisedroutes_460.html
<![CDATA[New Timetables to download]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NewTimetablestodownload_453.html
New Timetables for Preston Bus routes, valid from April 4th 2016

New PDF timetables for Preston Bus network routes are available to download:

6 - Red Scar & Brookfield via Deepdale

8 - Moor Nook

12 - Longton & New Longton via Penwortham

14 - Longsands via Holme Slack & St George's Road

16 - Farringdon Park via New Hall Lane

19 - Royal Preston Hospital via Deepdale

23 - Asda & Royal Preston Hospital via Plungington and Black Bull Lane

31 - Savick via Brook Street

35 - Tanterton via Lane Ends

43 - Cottam & Ingol via Mill Lane & Cadley

88 - Cottam to Royal Preston Hospital via Ingol, Cadley & Black Bull Lane

89 - Lea & Larches via Portway

Also starting on Monday 4th April 2016, the new Preston Bus 280 - 180 - x80 services between Preston and Skipton via Clitheroe

LCC Routes:

Download the new 112 timetable here.

Download the new 114 timetable here. Please note the 112/114 routes will change on April 4th 2016

Download the new 74 /75/80 timetable here. Please note, 74/75/80 routes change on April 4th 2016

Download the new 13 timetable here. Please note, changes come in from April 4th 2016

Printed timetables for services 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 31, 35, 42, 88 & 89 are now available from our information centre on Preston Bus Station, and on many buses while stocks last. Printed timetables for service 280 will be available shortly.

Printed timetables for other services, such as the newly reprieved 112, 114, 75, 80, 13, will be available from LCC sources as soon as possible - some are available from the Preston Bus information office now.

All timetables on this page valid from Monday 4th April 2016 onwards.

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NewTimetablestodownload_453.html
The 180/280/X80 Preston-Skipton bus route, threatened with cancellation by LCC, will be operated by Preston Bus from 4th April 2016

Preston Bus is pleased to announce that the 180/280/X80 Preston-Skipton bus route, which more than 150,000 passengers use each year, has been saved. The service, currently operated on behalf of Lancashire County Council was threatened with cancellation as a result of the council budget which was passed in February. The service will continue to operate to the same route seven days per week, without any public subsidy.

Lancashire County Council recently passed plans to dramatically reduce funding for supported bus services, which has meant the end to several vital bus links around the county. Fortunately, in this instance Preston Bus have risen to the challenge of meeting this passenger demand by retaining a previously subsidised bus service on much the same timetable.
Many thousands of passengers use the service annually to connect to key employment and education sites, as well as for days out in the countryside or to the famous markets of Clitheroe and Skipton. The current timetable will be maintained with only a few minor variations such as the times of buses on Sundays. No changes will be made to the prices of single or return tickets, and a range of daily and weekly tickets will be launched allowing travel on the Preston Bus city network too.
Preston Bus are currently in discussions with DalesBus over the availability of tickets and connections to other services in Skipton. A further announcement is expected shortly.
Preston Bus Managing Director, Bob Dunn, commented: “The fact Preston Bus is taking over the operation of service linking Preston with Yorkshire demonstrates my ambition to improve public transport in and around Preston. I am pleased that we are now able to bring the Preston Bus brand into new areas for the first time.”
The service will operate to a very similar timetable as it does now, and no changes will be made to fares. Concessionary passes for the disabled and pensioners will still be valid along the whole route. Transdev tickets and passes will be accepted for travel until Sunday 17th April.

The revised timetable is available HERE. A full faretable and details of passes and tickets will be available online shortly.

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PRESTONBUSSAVEVITALRIBBLEVALLEYBUSLINK_456.html
<![CDATA[Service changes from April 4th]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ServicechangesfromApril4th_443.html As customers may be aware, Lancashire County Council recently chose to end subsidy for all supported bus services. This has an impact on rural and off-peak services in particular. Where possible, we have tried to mitigate the impact.

Following consultation with customers and staff some changes have also been made to commercial services in our city network.

School services to Fulwood Academy will be changing from 4th April too. The school has been informed and details are available on our website. No changes are taking place from 4th April to any other services not already mentioned on this leaflet. This includes school services (except Fulwood Academy mentioned above) and Park & Ride.

Updated timetables will be available here on www.prestonbus.co.uk and in our information offices shortly.

6/6A –Red Scar via Brookfield
This new service will be introduced to partially replace the 88A and 88C routes. It will operate direct to Brookfield via Deepdale Road and Watling Street Road, continuing to Red Scar Industrial Estate via Gamull Lane.
Service 6/6A will operate every 10 minutes during Monday – Saturday daytimes and every 20 minutes during the day on Sundays. Early morning and late evening journeys will be provided. This service restores a much requested direct link between Brookfield and the City Centre. The timetable will be coordinated with service 19 along Deepdale Road to provide a frequent service at all times of day.

8 – Moor Nook via Ribbleton
This service will benefit from a revised timetable to improve overall reliability and punctuality. Some journey times may be slightly different.
On Sundays, we are pleased to announce that the daytime frequency will increase to every 20 minutes.

12 – Longton via New Longton
This service - previously fully funded by LCC - will be operated commercially with the support of Longton Parish Council. The route through Penwortham will be revised to provide faster journeys into the City Centre. Journeys will no longer operate via Broadgate.
The frequency of the service is generally improved to every 30 minutes during the day. Unfortunately, the evening and Sunday services, which were operated by another company on behalf of LCC, will be withdrawn. A single return journey at 2230 from Preston will operate on Fridays and Saturdays only.

14/14A – Longsands Lane via Holme Slack
The route and timetable of this service will be changed in order to partially replace the 88A/88C Orbit services. It will operate via the existing route to Ronaldsway, where it will serve Cromwell Road, Watling Street Road and Eastway. At peak times the service will terminate at the Anderton Arms and return to the City Centre via Longsands (passing Midgery Lane) and Eastway. During the day, the service will extend to Squires Wood (top of Fulwood Row/Bluebell Way). The service will operate every 15 minutes throughout the day Monday – Saturday.
Unfortunately, the evening and Sunday service, which was operated by another company on behalf of LCC, will be withdrawn.

16 – Farringdon Park via New Hall Lane
This service will have a revised timetable to improve punctuality at the busiest times of day. In response to customer requests, two later evening journeys will be introduced on Fridays and Saturdays at 2330 and Midnight.

19 – Royal Preston Hospital via Deepdale
Service 19 will have an entirely new timetable introduced in order to improve reliability and punctuality. The remaining early morning journeys that operate via Broadwood Drive will no longer serve the estate, instead following the present 19A route direct to the hospital. All journeys will be renumbered to 19 and will co-ordinate with service 6 along Deepdale Road to provide a bus every few minutes throughout the day.
Due to the lack of effective parking enforcement and general congestion along the line of the route, extra time has been added to journeys in the early evening to maintain reliability.

23 – Asda via Royal Preston Hospital
Service 23 will have an entirely revised timetable to improve reliability and punctuality.
Despite many requests being made for parking restrictions to be placed around the North East Employment Area, nothing has been done to improve bus access on the often narrowed roads, so the route of buses in the North East Preston Employment Area has also changed. An anti-clockwise loop of Eastway, Oliver’s Place and Pittman Way will be operated .
We are pleased to announce that later buses will run to the Black Bull on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight and at 1am.

31 – Savick via Brook Street
This service will have a thoroughly revised timetable. The route of the service will be changed so that all journeys will operate via West Park Avenue, Savick Way turning circle, Ainsdale Drive and Lea Road before returning direct to the City Centre along Blackpool Road. No journeys will operate to Lea; customers there are advised to use service 89. Customers on West Park Avenue are requested to board on the opposite side of the road on journeys to the City Centre.
The service will continue along the rest of its current route to the Bus Station via Lane Ends, Inkerman Street, Eldon Street and Brook Street. The service will continue to operate 7 days per week.
The service will now finish at around 2030 in the evenings, with alternative journeys available on services 23 to Plungington, 35 to Lane Ends and 89 to Blackpool Road (for Savick).

35 – Tanterton via Lane Ends
New late night journeys are introduced at 2330, 0030 and 0130 on Fridays and Saturdays, making evenings out in Preston cheaper and more convenient. No other changes are planned to this service.

43 – Cottam via Ingol
Service 44 will be re-numbered to 43, with a revised route and timetable. It will operate to Ingol via Inkerman Street, Lytham Road, Mill Lane and Cadley Causeway. The service will not operate via Dunbar Road & Barry Avenue, but will instead operate via Cottam Avenue, Whitby Avenue and Redcar avenue.
Journeys will then extend to Cottam Way/Lea Road roundabout via Merry Trees Lane and Haydocks Lane in both directions. This should provide faster journeys into the City Centre from Ingol and Cottam, as well as partially replacing the withdrawn LCC service 80 along Mill Lane.
The general daytime frequency will reduce to every 30 minutes, and no Sunday or evening service will be provided. Customers at Ingol and Cadley Causeway are reminded of frequent service 35 along Tag Lane and Woodplumpton Road.

88 – Cottam to RPH
This new service will operate from Lea Road/Cottam Way roundabout to Royal Preston Hospital via the current Orbit route, but will not enter the hospital grounds, terminating at St. Clare’s turning circle.

89 – Lea via Larches
This service will replace the withdrawn Orbit service to Larches and the revised 31/31A around Lea. The service will have a revised timetable.

Orbit services 88A, 88C & 86
These services are withdrawn and replaced with a number of shorter alternatives. Unfortunately, the Orbit’s long circular route went through a series of chronic traffic congestion bottlenecks. Without local authority support through adequate bus priority schemes, sensible parking restrictions, clearways and infrastructure investment it was impossible to maintain or improve reliability, consistently resulting in the highest number of complaints for any single Preston Bus service.

The Orbit will be partly replaced by the following alternatives:
6/6A – Red Scar - Brookfield - Deepdale - City
14/14A – Longsands - Cromwell Road - Holme Slack - St George’s Road - City
43 - Cottam and Ingol - City
88 – Cottam - RPH
89 – Lea and Larches - Docks - City

Lancashire County Council have withdrawn all funding for the following services, so the Preston Bus-operated journeys will no longer run:

Finishing after operation Saturday 2nd April
13/13A – Penwortham
75 – Fleetwood
80 – Myerscough
112 – Croston
113 – Wigan
114 – Chorley

Finishing after operation Thursday 31st March

Customers are advised to contact LCC for details of alternative transport arrangements.

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ServicechangesfromApril4th_443.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.

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.

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.

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/NoBusAccesstoRoyalPrestonHospitalGrounds_436.html