Victory for Sabden as axed bus service is replaced

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People power has won the day after it was announced that Sabden is to get a new bus service.

Villagers launched a massive protest after their one and only bus service was axed as part of swingeing budget cuts by Lancashire County Council.

Many protestors submitted their views to the county council and this has made a difference, a statement from Lancashire County Council said today.

The statement said: “A significant number of residents have submitted their requests to retain some form

of regular mainstream bus service provision which have been considered by the Cabinet Working Group on Bus Services and their views have shaped the proposal.”

County councillors will be asked to use their powers to agree to the scheme so that the new bus service can be up and running by Tuesday, May 3rd.

Tenders are to go out for the bus service for Sabden and Whins Lane area of Read providing a single vehicle replacement Monday to Saturday daytime service, generally every two hours between Clitheroe, Sabden and

Burnley. It is estimated the cost will be around £65,000 a year in line with other council tendered bus services until April 2017 with an option to extend. This would maintain a continuity of bus service provision for the community of Sabden and Read Whins Lane area allowing time to establish if alternative transport

solutions are possible. The proposed replacement Service 67 would interwork with the existing tendered

bus Service 65 between Burnley and Padiham, reinstating the general hourly Monday to Saturday daytime service on this section via Rose Hill, Rossendale Road Industrial Estate, Rosegrove and Lowerhouse.