Council scraps bus proposals

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Preesall Town Council has voted against proposals to replace a scrapped Sunday bus service with a small-scale transport plan.

The plans, proposed by councillor Phil Orme, would have seen a temporary bus service put in place between Poulton, Preesall and Knott End on Sundays to replace the Catch 22 bus service, which will come to an end in April.

He said: “My fellow councillors do still think that things like bus services should be provided by the council, and of course they should be.”

The cost of the proposed bus service was estimated to be between £1,000 and £5,000 for the duration of a six month trial.

Coun Orme said: “We weren’t talking big money, but then we don’t have a big budget to work with.

“It would be an expensive experiment and I can understand why people might not want to take that chance.”

In a statement regarding changes to bus services, a Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “Blackpool Transport... has advised that it is not possible for them to operate a commercial Sunday service based on an assessment of passenger numbers. There is not sufficient passengers travelling for it to be commercially sustainable for them to operate.

“While Lancashire County Council has been able to restore many services, it is still not possible to fund every public transport aspiration.”