Bus axe jobs threat

Lisa Gilbride, who works on Faraday Way in Bispham
Lisa Gilbride, who works on Faraday Way in Bispham
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THE cancellation of a bus service could cause job losses, employees working on Blackpool Technology Park warned today.

Workers from Jelly Media, Infinium and Commercial Power, based on Faraday Way in Bispham, fear they will be unable to get to work when the number 15 bus is terminated this weekend.

The number 15 is currently the only bus to run through the technology park where hundreds of people are employed.

Lisa Gilbride, content manager at Jelly Media, said: “I don’t understand why they’re cancelling such an important bus route. It’ll leave me stranded.

“It’s the only bus that comes along Faraday Way and it’s not a quiet bus. I know a lot of staff would have to give up their job.”

The Stagecoach bus service is being stopped as of Sunday July 22, to be replaced in part by the number 16 and number 2 bus routes.

Ms Gilbride, who commutes from Beech Avenue, Blackpool each day, says she chose her new home for its accessibility to the bus route and could now face an hour walk to work.

Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, said: “The route and timetable revisions will create a new direct link for Staining Village to Poulton, together with the introduction of a daily evening service to Blackpool and Poulton.

“The section of the number 15 route between Bispham and Poulton via Norcross will transfer to the Number 16 service.”

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But employers say that the perceived poor communication of changes could leave some staff stranded on Monday morning.

Claire Nelmes, a finance manager at Infinium, said: “This is going to impact on our workforce.

“We employ an apprentice, he’s only 17 and has got no other way of getting here. This will make him unemployed.”

Management at Commercial Power also agree that the loss of service will also affect their 250 employees.

Karen Ostik, PA to the director of Commercial Power, said: “We have more than 200 people working for the company and anticipate it will definitely affect a large percentage of staff getting to work. They could possibly have to look for work elsewhere.”

Andy Pilley, director, said: “It’s a much secluded area and these people need to get to work.”

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