Please see below, notification of works letter for some woodland management works at Junction 35 Carnforth. It is necessary to close the M6 southbound entry slip road as part of these works – dates and time of the closures are listed on the letter.
* There are no planned changes to bus services in December *
Bus Services revised over Christmas & New Year
Please note that bus and rail services will be revised over the Christmas & New Year period.
For further information contact Traveline (calls cost 12 per minute plus your phone company’s access charge). Alternatively, plan your journey using the Journey Planner at www.traveline.info
* Bus Service Changes For January 2024 *
Service 6 Morecambe – Westgate
Service 6A Morecambe – Westgate – Lancaster
Service 6B/6C Morecambe – Westgate – Bare – Morecambe
From 15 January 2024, utilising funding from HM Government through the Bus Service Improvement Plan Plus Scheme, Stagecoach, in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will revise the route and timetable as follows:
Service 6A will continue to operate between Morecambe, Westgate and Lancaster.
Service 6 will continue to operate between Morecambe and Westgate
New Services 6B/6C will be introduced merging certain Service 6 journeys and Service 33 to offer a Morecambe area circular service. The new services will link across all the outer areas of Morecambe, Bare and Westgate, incorporating Service 33.
Service 6B will operate anti-clockwise from Morecambe and Westgate, extending through Branksome to cover the Service 33 route through Bare back to Morecambe.
Service 6C will operate the same route but in clockwise direction from Morecambe, serving Bare before continuing to Branksome and Westgate back to Morecambe.
New Services 6B/6C will each run generally every hour Monday to Saturday, offering more journeys for Bare as well as linking to those shopping and leisure opportunities off Westgate.
Service 33 Morecambe – Bare Circular
From 15 January 2024 this service will be withdrawn and amalgamated within new Services 6B/6C, as detailed above.
RIBBLE VALLEY SERVICES
Service 22 Clitheroe – Whalley – Blackburn – Royal Blackburn Hospital – Shadsworth
From 7 January 2024, The Blackburn Bus Company will revise the timetable, with minor adjustments to some evening journeys to improve reliability.
BLACKPOOL, FYLDE & WYRE SERVICES
Blackpool Transport Service Amendments (Blackpool Transport Leaflets)
From 7 January 2024, Blackpool Transport will introduce a major revision of their network, with changes to running times, changes to route numbers and frequencies but all roads that currently have a bus on now will continue to be served. There is an increased amount of interworking to improve efficiency and help with the future introduction of electric buses.
Service 1 Fleetwood – Cleveleys – Blackpool
Service 1A Cleveleys – Blackpool – St.Annes
Service 1 will temporarily drop the seasonal Cleveleys to St Annes extension, now named the service 1A, during the winter. Service 1 will continue to run hourly between Fleetwood and its new final stop at Blackpool North Pier. Together, the will make a 30-minute frequency through the summer.
Service 3 Cleveleys – Blackpool – Mereside
Service 3A Cleveleys Park – Cleveleys – Blackpool – Mereside
Service 3 will now not travel to Cleveleys Park, starting its journey at Cleveleys Crescent. The new Service 3A will be covering this area and then continue to Mereside along what is currently the service 4 route. Between Service 3 and 3A, there will be services running up to every 15-minutes, operating between Cleveleys, Bispham, Blackpool and Mereside. The service 3 will finish earlier than it does now but the 3A will continue into the evenings.
Service 5 Poulton – Victoria Hospital – Blackpool – Halfway House
Service 5A Staining – Victoria Hospital – Blackpool – Halfway House
Service 5B Blackpool Zoo – Victoria Hospital – Blackpool – Halfway House
Service 5C Knott End – Poulton – Victoria Hospital – Blackpool
This new group of services are the most significant route changes, enhancing connectivity and clearer choices. It provides an increased frequency, more journey options and expanded links between Blackpool and the wider Fylde Coast.
Service 5 will operate from Halfway House to Victoria Hospital as current, before extending along, and replacing, the former Service 2 route to Poulton up to every 30 minutes, giving a Poulton to Blackpool/South Shore link.
New Service 5A will connect South Shore to Staining, following the usual Service 5 route from Halfway House to Blackpool Town Centre, then replacing the old Service 15 route to Staining operating up to every 60 minutes.
New Service 5B will be a new link from South Shore to Blackpool Town Centre and the Zoo, running from Halfway House to Victoria Hospital, before heading to the Zoo up to every 60mins.
Service 5C will replace Service 2C from Blackpool to Knott End. As part of the Service 5 group, it will provide a unified route to Victoria Hospital, offering increased frequency and options running up to every 40 minutes to Knott End. This change in frequency from 30 minutes to 40 minutes is aimed to significantly improve reliability along the route without impacting peak-time journeys.
Together, this new Service 5 group will operate up to every 15 minutes between Halfway House, through Blackpool Town Centre, to Victoria Hospital.
Service 6 Grange Park – Blackpool – Mereside
Service 6 will be enhanced with more frequent departures running up to every 20 minutes. The route will be extended, connecting to the DWP offices at Peel Park more frequently and also an hourly extension to Whitehills Business Park.
Services 7/7A Cleveleys – Blackpool
Service 7 will be revised to operate between Cleveleys and Blackpool, concluding its journey in Blackpool Town Centre and offering a smooth transition to new Service 11A (see below) for those venturing to Lytham. There will be no requirement to change bus or buy a new ticket, the service will continue for the next leg of the journey.
New Service 7A will replace Service 9 and continues to operate between Cleveleys and Blackpool via Bispham and Layton.
Together, this new Service 7 group will operate up to at least every 15 minutes between Cleveleys and Blackpool and continuing up to every 30 minutes to Lytham, as Service 11A.
Service 11 Lytham – St.Annes – Blackpool
Service 11A Lytham – St.Annes – Blackpool
Service 11B Lytham – St.Annes – Blackpool
Service 11 will operate its regular route, with a revised timetable for more efficiency, running up to every 30 minutes. The new times will improve interworking along busier areas, with other services such as the Service 11 group, for a more predictable and reliable network.
New Service 11A will replace Service 7 between Blackpool and Lytham, and seamlessly continue to be linked with Service 7 (see below) for travel between Cleveleys and Blackpool. Service 11A will operate the previous Service 7 route up to Starr Gate, and then extending onto Lytham, just like Service 11 every 30 minutes. This means more travel options and the regular convenience of staying on one bus for the entire journey.
The 11 and 11A give an increased combined frequency from Blackpool to Lytham of up every 15 minutes.
New Service 11B will be renumbered from Service 17 and become part of the new Service 11 group. This service will follow the same route as previous Service 17, with a slight adjustment in the timetable for better efficiency, now departing up to every 40 minutes.
Together, this new Service 11 group will operate between Blackpool Town Centre and Lytham St.Annes, with a combined frequency of at least every 12 minutes.
Service 14 Fleetwood – Thornton – Carleton – Blackpool
The timetable will be revised following customer feedback, adjusting times to improve service reliability. Additionally, the frequency during Monday to Friday peak, school and college times will be enhanced to up to every 15 minutes.
Service 18 BLACKPOOL – MERESIDE via South Shore, Airport
The timetable will be revised, adjusting times to improve service reliability.
WEST LANCASHIRE SERVICES
Service 375/385 Southport – Ormskirk – Skelmersdale – Wigan
From 21 January 2024, Arriva will revise the timetable, with adjustments to some journeys to improve reliability.
Service 395 Skelmersdale – Wigan
From 21 January 2024, Arriva will withdraw this service. Services 375/385 provide an alternative service across the whole route.
Service 311 Ormskirk – Skelmersdale – Wrightington LCC Leaflet 15
Service 312 Ormskirk – Burscough – Skelmersdale – Rainford
From 15 January 2024, Lancashire County Council will revise the route and timetable, with a couple of minor adjustments to some Monday to Friday journeys following customer feedback.
The revised Monday to Friday journeys are as follows:
0624 Service 312 journey from Burscough to Rainford will depart at 0600 and operate up to 20 minutes earlier throughout;
0700 Service 311 journey from Ormskirk to Wrightington Hospital will depart at 0655 and operate up to 5 minutes earlier throughout;
0729 Service 312 journey from Rainford to Ormskirk will depart at 0706 and operate up to 20 minutes earlier throughout;
0758 Service 311 journey from Wrightington to Ormskirk will depart at 0753 and operate up to 5 minutes earlier throughout;
There will also be a minor route amendment in the Hall Green area as Service 311 will operate around the Mayfield Drive estate instead of Service 312.
Preston Bus Ltd continue to operate these services on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
Service 119 Chorley – Buckshaw Village – Leyland – Penwortham – Preston
From 28 January 2024, Lancashire County Council will revise the route and timetable, adjusting the service between Chorley Town Centre and Chorley Hospital to operate direct via A6, no longer serving Astley Village.
Astley Village will now be served by the extension of Service 127 route through to Chorley Hospital.
The timetable will be revised only between Chorley and Chorley Hospital. Any customers from Astley Village travelling through to Leyland will be able to connect at Chorley Hospital on to Services 114 & 119.
RS Tyrer will continue to operate the service on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
Service 127 Chorley Hospital – Astley Village – Chorley – Adlington – Middlebrook
From 28 January 2024, utilising funding from HM Government through the Bus Service Improvement Plan Plus Scheme, Stagecoach, in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will revise the route and timetable extending the service through Astley Village to Chorley Hospital.
The extended service will provide a direct link from Adlington and Lower Adlington to Chorley Hospital, together with maintaining a service through Astley Village.
Additional journeys will be provided, with the service operating generally hourly throughout Monday to Saturday daytime. The Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday short journeys between Chorley and Astley Village will continue to operate and be renumbered Service 127 instead of Service 119.
Service 362 Chorley – Coppull – Standish – Wigan
From 28 January 2024, Go North West will revise the timetable, adjusting some journey times. There will be no change to departure times from Chorley, the amendments are partly to improve reliability by redistributing running time into layover at either end of the route. There is also an extension to journeys starting and ending at Standish to extend slightly further along the route to Pepper Lane.
Service 6/7 Blackburn – Great Harwood – Accrington – Oswaldtwistle – Blackburn
From 7 January 2024, utilising funding from HM Government through the Bus Service Improvement Plan Plus Scheme, The Blackburn Bus Company, in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will introduce a number of daily evening enhancements, extending service operation until around 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10pm Sunday throughout the whole route.
The additional and extended journeys are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
Service 6 at 2303 from Blackburn – Great Harwood – Accrington
Service 6 at 1903, 2003, 2103 & 2203 from Blackburn – Great Harwood – Accrington
Service 6 at 2240 from Accrington – Oswaldtwistle – Blackburn
Service 7 at 1838, 1938, 2038 and 2138 from Accrington – Great Harwood – Blackburn
Get out and about with great value bus fares or your free bus pass
If you haven’t caught the bus for a while, why not take advantage of the great value bus fares, which are available all day every day. And those over 66 can travel for free with a Nowcard
It’s just £2 maximum fare for a single trip and only £1 after 7pm, ideal for nights out. Plus, if you buy a bus ticket for Saturday you get Sunday free with the new weekender bus ticket. These offers are available until end of December 2024.
If you haven’t used your Nowcard recently, don’t forget you can enjoy free travel with your concessionary pass. From visiting cafes and garden centres to shopping trips and evenings out, the opportunities are endless your free bus pass.
Find out more at www.lancashire.gov.uk/publictransport
Beware fraudsters impersonating a police officer.
Courier fraudsters have been reported operating across East Lancashire. All victims have been phoned by someone impersonating a police officer from Lancashire Constabulary. The caller has given a false name and collar number before telling them that either their bank accounts are unsafe, they have been a victim of fraud, or they need you to assist them in an investigation.
They have then been asked to withdraw a substantial amount of cash, buy high value items such as Rolex watches or exchange the cash to Euros. They have been given a false one-time-password, and a ‘courier’, who is also a fraudster, has picked up the cash or items from their home address, or neutral location, like a car park.
Please remember the police, or your bank, will NEVER ask you to assist with an investigation over the phone, withdraw or transfer money or buy high value items. The Police, or your bank will also never send someone to collect cash, items, PINs, cards or cheque books from you, from any location.
If you have concerns or want to check if a police officer is genuine you can call 101. Consider using a different telephone or mobile phone or wait 5 minutes and make sure the potential scam caller has terminated their call.
Further information can be found at www.lancashire.police.uk/news
Scam insulation telesales call
A Preston householder has reported receiving a telesales call where the caller claimed to be employed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) asking if the householder was interested in saving energy. Services offered were spray foam inside your roof and a water repellent masonry cream.
The BBA are a construction industry approvals body and will never cold call. Scammer callers can try and trick you by pretending they are from a reputable body. Always do your own research when looking for trader or when looking at what insulation products may be suitable for you and your home.
Remember Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHIL) can help you find out if any government grants or funding are available for a range of heating, insulation and low carbon renewable technologies, www.chil.uk.com, Tel:03306 061488.
Trading Standards advice is to always say no to cold callers. The Safetrader scheme can help you find a trader in our area, contact 0303 333 1111 or go to www.safetrader.org.uk
Vehicle tax email scam
A resident in the Lancaster area received an email stating the following: ‘Welcome, our records show that you are not up to date with your current vehicle tax. This is your last reminder from us. Your vehicle is not permitted to legally be on the road. Renew your vehicle tax now. You must fill out the form below to be up to standard with the DVLA.‘ The email invites you to click to ‘start now’.
This is a scam. The only place to access official information on DVLA and its services is GOV.UK. The agency will never ask for bank details by email and will never send text messages about vehicle tax refunds.
Vehicle owners are also reminded to be aware of copycat websites or scam websites that advertise vehicle taxing services. Always check you are on the genuine ‘.gov.uk’ website before providing any personal or banking information.
Scam emails can be reported via email@example.com. Suspicious text messages can be forwarded to 7726.
Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133
Further information about current scams can be found on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StanleyDards/
I’m writing to let you know that, with the colder months now upon us, Lancashire’s gritting crews are on standby to treat the roads whenever a freeze is forecast.
Many of our gritting routes were treated for the first time this winter this past Saturday night.
The county’s 45-strong fleet is ready to be called into action at any time to grit the roads ahead of a cold snap.
We’re as ready as we can be for the coming winter with approximately 22,800 tonnes of salt in stock and gritters based at our operational depots ready to go whenever they’re needed. We get local forecasts for each area of the county, which allows us to take the appropriate action for the conditions – this means that at times we may only need to treat some routes.
We do everything we can to keep traffic moving on priority roads and we are open about the fact we cannot grit every road in Lancashire. However we treat all the A roads, all B roads, and some C roads, which adds up to around 1,500 miles of road – around a third of the total in Lancashire.
Even if we had the resources needed we couldn’t grit every road quickly enough to make a real difference. No council does this.
It is important that people understand there are limitations to the service we can provide. That is why we ask residents to take steps to make sure that when severe winter weather strikes they are prepared and able to manage. We need your support to help manage public expectations and help communicate our winter policies and procedures, and the circumstances in which we implement them.
Our advice to the public is to stay alert to road conditions during the winter – the key thing to remember is that just because a road has been gritted it doesn’t mean it won’t be icy. It takes time and the action of tyres to mix the salt with the ice and make it work by lowering the temperature at which the water freezes. Road conditions can vary considerably over quite a short distance and it’s vital that people use their judgement and drive according to the conditions.
Please find attached our winter service briefing note which outlines how we are prepared for winter as a county council but more importantly how the public can prepare for the winter ahead.
Keeping you updated
- Website – www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter
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External Communications Executive
Lancashire County Council
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