<![CDATA[Preston Bus News]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news.html <![CDATA[Pittman Way/Williams Lane roundabout closures]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PittmanWayWilliamsLaneroundaboutclosures_553.html Contrary to notice supplied by contractors, the roadworks near Asda in Fulwood are still underway NOW (we were told they would cease at 0700 this morning). The 23 is serving Asda, but unfortunately it has to travel via Eastway in both directions, so we are unable to serve Oliver's Place and all stops on Pittman Way. Customers are advised to board/alight at Asda or Barnacre Close on Sherwood Way.

We also have not been informed of any new completion time/date.

Apologies for any inconvenience, but these circumstances are beyond our control.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PittmanWayWilliamsLaneroundaboutclosures_553.html
<![CDATA[Service Changes - Service 44]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ServiceChanges-Service44_552.html From Monday 30th January 2017, certain journeys on service 44 (Bus Station-Cottam) will divert via the Barry Avenue area of Ingol. Journeys between 0940 and 1500 Monday-Friday and all day Saturday will operate via Barry Avenue and Dunbar Road at Ingol.

The changes, which are made as a result of passenger feedback, are aimed to make life easier for the elderly and disabled passengers in this area of Ingol. When the initial service changes were made in April 2016, Preston Bus promised to listen to feedback and make changes where possible in response to this.

Due to road traffic congestion in Preston City Centre, it has not been possible to divert all journeys via Dunbar Road while also maintaining a punctual service. During the week, journeys have been diverted during the middle of the day when the traffic is quieter and the longer journey can be accomodated. As the traffic on Saturdays is usually lighter, we have been able to divert all journeys via Dunbar Road.

On journeys towards Cottam, buses will operate via the normal route to Cottam Avenue, then via Barry Avenue, Dunbar Road, Creswell Avenue, Barry Avenue, Cottam Avenue and Whitby Avenue then as normal route to Cottam Avenue.

On journeys towards the Bus Station, buses will operate via normal route to Whitby Avenue, then via Cottam Avenue, Barry Avenue, Dunbar Road, Creswell Avenue, Barry Avenue, Cottam Avenue, Tag Lane, then as normal route into Preston.

Usage of the new section of route will be closely monitored and passengers are very much encouraged to take advantage of the revised 44 service.

Please click here for the revised timetable.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/ServiceChanges-Service44_552.html
<![CDATA[Bus Station Bay Changes as Refurbishment Works Continue]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BusStationBayChangesasRefurbishmentWorksContinue_551.html From Thursday 12th January 2017 the next phase of the rolling programme of bay closures commences, enabling remedial work on the car park concrete ‘overhang’ to continue.

This means that services 8, 16 and 280 will return to the normal bays 12-14 from around 10am.

Service19 will move to bay 32, and service 23 will move to bay 34 from around 11.30am

The temporary bay changes should last only for around a week, but given the previous changes have lasted two months we will have to wait and see when the next changes occur.

In short, those changes again:

Services 8, 16 and 280 will return to normal bays – 12 to 14 from around 10am

The following services will be transferred from approximately 11:30am

Service 23  - bay 34

Service 19  - bay 32 

**UPDATE - AS OF 1300 THURSDAY 12th JANUARY, SERVICE 23 HAS NOT MOVED BAY YET. We aim to keep you updated as we learn more.

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/BusStationBayChangesasRefurbishmentWorksContinue_551.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[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[Preston Bus and Masabi Launch Mobile Ticketing to Speed Up Boarding by 9 Seconds Per Passenger]]> http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBusandMasabiLaunchMobileTicketingtoSpeedUpBoardingby9SecondsPerPassenger_523.html Masabi today announced that it has been selected to provide a mobile ticketing solution to Preston Bus, the company running bus services in and around the Lancashire city of Preston.


Following a comprehensive review of Preston Bus’ existing ticketing offering, it was acknowledged that the fast fare system, requiring passengers to have the exact fare at the point of boarding, is a cause of frustration and inconvenience. The company wished to maintain fast boarding times, while meeting the increasing passenger demands for great customer service.


A recent study has indicated that mobile ticketing, where a customer buys a bus ticket on their own mobile phone, reduces passenger boarding time by up to 9 seconds per passenger. This will benefit all passengers as journey times around the City should be reduced. Whilst Preston Bus will continue to accept cash from passengers as required, with the introduction of mobile ticketing the company hopes to be able to reduce bus dwell time by as much as 50% by 2020.


Passengers wishing to make use of the service will be required to download the Preston Bus app to their Apple or Andriod smartphone. The customer will then able to choose from the full range of Preston Bus tickets; including daily, weekly and 28-day tickets which are paid for using a credit or debit card. The virtual ticket is then stored in the passenger’s phone and showed to the driver when boarding the bus.


Masabi will be deploying its end-to-end mobile ticketing system, JustRide, which has been successfully deployed in cities around the world including; Athens, Boston, New Orleans and London and has recently successfully launched with New York’s MTA, the busiest commuter rail service in the United States. It comprises award-winning apps for ticket purchase, display and inspection together with back-end infrastructure for secure payments, ticket management, customer service, reporting and real-time analytics. As a part of the Preston Bus deployment JustRide will be using Mastercard Gateway Payment Services to enable simple, safe and secure in-app digital payments. Updates to the application will make purchasing tickets even easier by allowing passengers to pay for tickets using digital wallets such as Masterpass, the digital wallet from Mastercard.


"Our goal has always been to streamline the travel experience, showing passengers the benefits of choosing Preston Bus. Using technology can remove the hassles that we know are associated with using cash to pay for tickets and the knock-on delays that can cause,' said Bob Dunn, Managing Director of Preston Bus. “We are proud to be working with Masabi, who presented us with a simple, intuitive and easy to use solution. We are excited to be implementing technology that can improve everyday journeys for our customers."


"Every second that a bus is parked at a stop collecting passenger fares is time that it is not transporting people to where they need to be. By introducing mobile ticketing Preston Bus hopes to reduce the time buses spend at bus stops by as much as 50% - dramatically increasing efficiency and improving the customer experience," said Brian Zanghi, CEO of Masabi. "It’s fantastic to see technology being used in such a way and a pleasure to be implementing the project with our partners Mastercard.”



About Masabi

Masabi is the global leader in mobile ticketing and fare collection for transportation. We deliver transport ticketing solutions that delight customers and reduce cost for agencies and operators. Masabi’s JustRide is a scalable mobile ticketing and fare management platform, which allows agencies to upgrade or replace their legacy ticketing systems at a fraction of the cost of traditional options and at a minimum risk for our agency partners. Masabi is backed by Fontinalis Partners, Lepe Partners, m8 Capital, MasterCard, MMC Ventures and Keolis.


About Preston Bus

Preston Bus is the main operator of bus services in and around the city of Preston, Lancashire. The company, owned by AIM-listed transport group Rotala, has 260 employees and operates 120 buses, mainly on its high frequency city network.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/news/PrestonBusandMasabiLaunchMobileTicketingtoSpeedUpBoardingby9SecondsPerPassenger_523.html