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Congestion at Saltcotes Road, Lytham caused by parked buses

Congestion at Saltcotes Road, Lytham caused by parked buses

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Bus chiefs are set to make changes to routes across the Fylde coast in response to calls from residents and passengers.

The number 11 is being withdrawn from Saltcotes Road in Lytham after complaints about congestion.

The number 7 will continue to run along the same route but the changes mean instead of eight Blackpool Transport buses an hour, there will be four operating along the road.

Lytham councillor Roger Lloyd, who represents St John’s ward, said: “My main concern has been safety because there have been two quite serious accidents in the last three years which have been attributed to the buses.

“I did a survey and in one hour counted 22 buses.

“The changes being made by Blackpool Transport are welcome, but Saltcotes Road is also used by other operators so while this is a start, we will still be fighting.”

Coun Mark Bamforth added: “The congestion on Saltcotes Road has been horrendous and sometimes there are three or four buses standing there at the same time.

“A lot of them weren’t full, and we are also monitoring the air quality.”

Other changes, which all come into force from Sunday November 8, include service 17 being re-routed back through Lindale Gardens in South Shore, in both directions.

Number 2C will make a loop round Knott End instead of finishing in a car park in the village, and services 15 and 16 will leave from a bus stop in Clifton Street in Blackpool town centre, rather than from Corporation Street.

Bob Mason, director of delivery at Blackpool Council, said all the changes were in response to feedback from the public.

He said: “We had received complaints from residents and councillors in relation to buses parking at the terminus on Saltcotes Road so we have re-routed service 11, but Lytham town centre will still have the same number of buses.”

Mr Mason added the decision to re-introduce buses to Lindale Gardens meant people would have an hourly service to Blackpool and St Annes.

All tram and bus services will also revert to their winter timetables from November 8.

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