Bus cuts - what services are going and what’s been saved

Photo Ian Robinson
County Hall at Night
Photo Ian Robinson County Hall at Night

An evening bus service running between Blackpool and Preston has been saved after it became a victim of cutbacks at Lancashire County Council.

But several Wyre routes are to be axed, it has been revealed.

Bus firm Stagecoach has stepped in to extend its popular daytime 68 service between Blackpool and Preston by offering an evening service as well.

The evening service is currently operated by another bus firm and is subsidised by County Hall, but the authority is having to axe many of its supported bus links from April in the face of massive savings needed after Government cuts.

Stagecoach has now committed to independently operate additional Monday to Saturday evening services on the 68 from April 3.

The company says the move will be make life easier and cheaper for passengers because they will now only need the one ticket to travel in the daytime and the evenings, instead of having to buy them separately.

However, Stagecoach is ending its subsidised operations in Wyre.

The company has finally confirmed it is to close its Fleetwood depot on Siding Road, after weeks of speculation. And the company also made it clear that all services it runs in the port – the 74 service from Blackpool (including Victoria Hospital) to Larkholme, the 84 Service from Poulton to Fleetwood, and the 86, 89, and 89H service from Fleetwood, Knott End, and Lancaster – will cease operating from April 3.