<![CDATA[Preston Bus News]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news.html <![CDATA[Fishergate Hill bus lane closure & diversion UPDATED]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/FishergateHillbuslaneclosurediversionUPDATED_368.html
The Fishergate Hill bus lane into Preston is closed an extra day, after the Shale Gas decision was deferred from Friday, with buses coming in to Preston diverted via Bow Lane and Ringway

Buses approaching Preston along Fishergate Hill are still diverted today, Monday 29th June, as part of a traffic management plan to ensure safety during Lancashire County Council meetings about shale gas development.

Following a deferred decision from last Friday, the city-bound bus lane on Fishergate remains closed, with all services heading towards Preston from Leyland, Penwortham, Riversway, and the Portway Park and Ride, being diverted along Bow Lane and onto Ringway.

Large numbers of people are expected to gather outside County Hall on Fishergate during the meetings and Lancashire County Council believe the bus lane closure is needed as part of a plan to safely manage the meetings.

In addition, the bus stop on Bow Lane will be used only for passengers who are getting off the bus, and the bus stop on Fishergate opposite the railway station will be out of use with passengers who want to travel towards the bus station being directed to alternative stops further down Fishergate Hill or on Ringway.

UPDATE there there are contingency plans in place to close Fishergate itself should it become necessary for crowd control or incident. Please bear with us should this happen, as our drivers will abide by police instructions which are liable to change with time.

Services will be back to normal as soon as the bus lane opens again. Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/FishergateHillbuslaneclosurediversionUPDATED_368.html
<![CDATA[Fishergate Bus Stops - Update]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/FishergateBusStops-Update_369.html As part of the long term city centre improvement works, from next Tuesday 23rd June there will be changes to some bus stops on Fishergate in Preston
  • Fishergate Stop D (at Greenhalghs) will be decommissioned with services moving to new Fishergate Stop E


  • Fishergate Stop E (at Boots) will be reinstated and served by Services 75, 88C, 89 & Portway P&R


  • Fishergate Stop F (at Waterstones) will be maintained and may be adjusted within the works in that area where necessary


  • Fishergate Stop G (at Evoque) will be temporarily suspended with services moving to Lancaster Road Stop L (end stop) whilst the works are completed


  • Lancaster Road Stop L (end stop at junction with Church Street) will be temporarily served by Services 2, 2A, 3, 12, 12A & 13A


Publicity will be erected at the bus stops concerned on Friday 19th June advising customers of these changes.

Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/FishergateBusStops-Update_369.html
<![CDATA[Summer Festivals and Carnivals]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/SummerFestivalsandCarnivals_367.html
The Festival season is upon us once more!

This weekend sees the Leyland Festival and Fleetwood Carnival on Saturday 20th June, and Preston's Caribbean Carnival on Sunday 21st. Diversions will be in place, and delays to services are probable. The Leyland Festival affects service 112, and service 75 will be affected in Fleetwood. Some knock on delays are possible on other services on Saturday (such as 12, 13 and 114), as they are covered on the same duties as 112.

Sunday's Caribbean Carnival is likely to affect all Preston city services at points throughout the day, but as the roadblock is expected to move with the procession, delays should be kept to a minimum.

Details of times and diversion routes can be found here on our service disruptions page

Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. Enjoy the festivals!

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/SummerFestivalsandCarnivals_367.html
<![CDATA[Ringway underpass waterproofing works]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Ringwayunderpasswaterproofingworks_365.html Please be aware there are likely to be delays and or congestion in the city centre once again this weekend with lane closures on Ringway as work continues on waterproofing the Ringway underpass.

To help combat the heaviest traffic on Saturday, services 23, 31A, 44, 35, 80 will operate via Walker Street between 10:00 - 17:00 inbound to the bus station only (normal route outbound from the bus station). Stops on Friargate and Ringway inbound to the bus station will not therefore be served 10:00 - 17:00 on Saturday 13th June. Normal routes will be observed at all other times.

More information on the roadworks can be found here.

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

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Ringwayunderpasswaterproofingworks_365.html
<![CDATA[PCV Driver Vacancies]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PCVDriverVacancies_362.html
We are looking for PCV drivers, both experienced and trainee, for our Preston operations. We also have vacancies for experienced drivers in Atherton, with sister company Diamond Bus North West.

Following our successful Job Fair in May, we now have more vacancies for PCV Drivers as we expand operations in Preston, and at Diamond Bus North West in Atherton.

Preston Bus has immediate vacancies for Experienced PCV Drivers (with current DQC card). We also have vacancies on our training programme, so if a career in public transport interests you, apply to become a  Trainee PCV Driver with us. You'll get full training to achieve your PCV licence and DQC card - to apply you must have a full UK (car) driving licence with at least two year's driving experience.

At Diamond Bus North West, based in Atherton M46, we have immediate vacancies for Fully Qualified PCV Drivers (with full DQC card). We also have a vacancy for a qualified PCV Shift Fitter to cover nights.


Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PCVDriverVacancies_362.html
<![CDATA[Contact alternatives to Social Media]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ContactalternativestoSocialMedia_351.html Please note: our social media admin will be off the net from today until June 4th. Posts and messages via Facebook or Twitter are unlikely to be answered until then. Please direct ENQUIRIES, COMPLAINTS, COMMENTS and SUGGESTIONS to us HERE via Customer Care


CALL 01772 253671 for ENQUIRIES and COMPLAINTS

CALL 07983 125349 for LOST PROPERTY

WRITE TO US at: Customer services, Preston Bus Ltd, 221 Deepdale Road, Preston, PR1 6NY

Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ContactalternativestoSocialMedia_351.html
<![CDATA[Plungington Road Closure]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PlungingtonRoadClosure_350.html Plungington Road will be closed to traffic between Blackpool Road and Lytham Road on the 12th and 13th May. Service 23 will be diverted via Blackpool Road, Garstang Road and Lytham Road for the duration of the closure.

Apologies for any inconvenience

Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PlungingtonRoadClosure_350.html
<![CDATA[Ringway underpass waterproofing works]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Ringwayunderpasswaterproofingworks_345.html
Advanced warning of city centre roadworks starting in May.

Roadworks are scheduled on Ringway between North Road and Friargate. From Monday 11th May to Saturday 8th August, overnight and weekend lane closures will take place for essential maintenance.

Lancashire County Council is applying a waterproof layer to the underpass to prevent water damage to the bridge - this involves removing the road surface.

Weekday nights 20:00 - 06:00 there will be lane restrictions in place. For three weekends in May and June there will be a complete closure of one side of the carriageway between North Road and Friargate. Work on these weekends will be in progress 24 hours a day. During this time only one side of the carriageway will be in use and both directions reduced to one lane.

The weekends are:
Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June
Friday 5th June to Monday 8th June
Friday 19th June to Monday 22nd June

Services affected will include Park & Ride 1, 31/31A, 23, 35, 44, Orbit 88A/88C, 89, 12/12A, 13/13A, 75, 80, 68.

We hope disruption during the day will be kept to a minimum, but there may be knock on effects felt on many services. Delays to services are probable during evenings and weekends. Ringway bus stops may be out of service at different times during the progression of the works, but the stops will be marked at the time and we will update as we learn of changes.

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

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/Ringwayunderpasswaterproofingworks_345.html
<![CDATA[Engineering Vacancy, Atherton, M46]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/EngineeringVacancyAthertonM46_335.html Join the engineering team at Diamond Bus North West.

Based in Atherton, Diamond Bus North West (previously known as South Lancs Travel) is part of the Rotala Plc group.

As part of expansion plans, there is an immediate vacancy for a QUALIFIED PCV FITTER (Night Shift).

Diamond Bus is looking for a motivated, committed, enthusiastic individual who can help meet customer needs.

Applicants MUST have proven PCV/HGV fitting experience - this is NOT a trainee position. PCV/HGV licence preferred.

• Competitive rate of pay
• Free travel on Diamond Bus North West services
• Access to the company pension scheme

To apply for this position, please call Les Jones on 01772 550 625 or email Les with a covering letter and your CV


Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/EngineeringVacancyAthertonM46_335.html
<![CDATA[Lost Property]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/LostProperty_331.html
This little chap is looking very sorry for himself, because he's lost. He's being looked after in our Information Centre on Preston Bus Station

Can you help reunite this much loved Teddy Bear with his owner? He's currently being looked after by Andy in lost property, which is in our Information Centre on the Bus Station, opposite gate 35.

If you know who is looking for their bear, or if you've lost something on one of our vehicles, please call in to our Information Centre, or phone 07983 125349. The opening hours are 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Saturday.

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/LostProperty_331.html