Service Updates Last updated: Friday, 01 March 2024 04:17 PM

Road Closure Hoyle's Lane and Sidgreaves Lane, Woodplumpton

From the 3rd of March until 11th October 2024, Hoyle's Lane and Sidgreaves Lane, Woodplumpton will be closed.

Our services 43 and 44 will have a change to their routes to avoid this closure.

Below is a map for guidance.

43 Timetable can be found here 

44 Timetable can be found here

Affected Services:

  • 43
  • 44
03/03/24 - 11/10/24
Introducing NEW services and changes to Services 31 and 45

New Services

Service 311 Ormskirk – Skelmersdale – Wrightington

Service 312 Ormskirk – Burscough – Skelmersdale –Rainford

Utilising funding from HM Government through the Bus Service Improvement Plan Plus Scheme, Lancashire County Council has introduced two new bus routes, amalgamating, and replacing existing Services 312 & 313, to enhance existing provision and create new public transport links within West Lancashire.

New Services 311 & 312 operate between Ormskirk and Skelmersdale, extending through to Wrightington and Rainford, as follows:

Service 311 operates a more direct link between Ormskirk and Wrightington Hospital via Ormskirk Hospital, Lathom, Ashurst, Birch Green, Skelmersdale, Tanhouse, Upholland and Appley Bridge.

Service 312 operates between Ormskirk and Rainford via Burscough, Newburgh, Parbold, Ashurst, Birch Green, Skelmersdale, Upholland and Crawford.

Both routes operate generally every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime across the routes and combined maintain the half hourly frequency through Ashurst and Birch Green.

All areas currently served continue to be served with the new public transport links and frequency enhancements being created these include:

  • direct links serving Ormskirk and Wrightington Hospitals;
  • extra buses between Ormskirk and Burscough;
  • direct links to Ormskirk from many of the eastern parishes and parts of Skelmersdale;
  • a new link to Rainford, via Crawford village, offering onward connection opportunities for though routes to St. Helens.

New Service 312 also serves Rainford High Academy, replacing the dedicated School Service 730 with a regular service, to improve sustainability of the new routes by incorporating the duplicated sections.

Changes to Services

We are also making some changes to a couple of services, we are introducing a number of extra journeys

Service 31

There will be extra services added on a Monday - Saturday Evening 1905, 2005, 2105, 2205, 2305 from Preston to Savick/Lea. and also at 1931, 2031, 2131, 2231, 2331 returning from Lea to Preston. There is no change to service 31 on a Sunday.

Service 45

There will be extra services added to service 45 in the morning and in the evening details are below

A morning service has been added on a Monday to Friday at 0601 from Longridge to Preston

Evening services have been added on a Monday to Saturday at 2120 and 2250 from Preston to Longridge and at 2205 Longridge to Preston

There are no changes to the service 45 on a Sunday.

ROAD CLOSURE ( Garden st, St Georges Lane & Lytham St Annes)

Service: 76 

A long-term minor diversion is in effect for the service 76.

Temporary road closure on Garden Street & St Georges Lane, Lytham St Annes on 07.08.23 until 29.02.24 to enable construction works

  • For the period of closure of Garden St and St Georges Ln in St Annes buses will divert as follows :- 76 via normal route to St Annes Rd West then Left Park Rd, Right Wood St, Right Clifton Dr South, Right St Annes Rd West.


Affected Services:

  • 76
07.08.23 until 29.02.24