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Village bus route saved from axe

Fylde by Air March 2011.
Poulton, with the junction of Hardhorn Road and Garstang Road West on right. PIC BY ROB LOCK
24-3-2011

Fylde by Air March 2011. Poulton, with the junction of Hardhorn Road and Garstang Road West on right. PIC BY ROB LOCK 24-3-2011

A bus route serving a village will return to the roads this weekend weeks after it was scrapped.

The number 75 bus between Blackpool and Preston via Hardhorn, near Poulton, and Kirkham was stopped in December last year.

Lancashire County Council’s subsidised service was revised in Poulton to adapt with the introduction of commercial bus services.

The move was to ensure there was no duplication of routes between subsidised and commercial bus services, but it resulted in Hardhorn Road no longer being served.

However, a campaign to reinstate the service led by County councillor Alf Clempson, who represents Poulton for Lancashire County Council, will see the service return to the village from tomorrow.

County councillor Clempson said: “This is great news and I would like to thank the many residents who contacted me about this service.

“I know many people relied on the service to travel into Poulton from Hardhorn Road and also to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“I ensured that the concerns of residents were heard and I am delighted with the outcome.”

Coun Simon Bridge, Hardhorn councillor for Wyre Council, added: “We are delighted it’s been saved because it’s an essential part of our community infrastructure.”

“It’s an essential service because not everyone can afford a car and quite often they have to give their car up because for health reasons.”

 

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