Members of Lancaster District Bus Users’ Group (LDBUG) joined with Stagecoach and local city and county councillors to celebrate the launch of a new bus service in East Lancaster last Monday.
The improvement comes after a two-year fight by the Group to get Lancashire County Council to unlock funding provided under a planning agreement with the developers of housing on the site of the old Moor Hospital. It was originally made available in 2012.
The new No. 18 Bus is Called the 'East City Circulator'. It leaves the Bus Station from Stand 20 every 30 minutes from 7am - 6.30pm six days a week and journeys via Common Garden Street, Williamson Park, Lancaster Leisure Park, HM Prison Lancaster Farms and George Street, returning to Bus Station Stand 20. It will be operated by Stagecoach. All Stagecoach day and weekly tickets will be available, making it easier for passengers across the district to access the route’s attractions.
Chair of the Group, Jim Davies said:
“This has been a lengthy battle and at one stage it looked as if the county council intended to spend the money entirely on road improvements instead of the bus service. We are so pleased that common sense has prevailed and that the residents of Standen Gate and Moorlands will now benefit from having more buses.
“The Group would also like to thank County Councillor Gina Dowding, who secured us a top level meeting at County Hall at which the decision to go ahead was made, as well as city councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox, who alerted us to the existence of the funding. County Councillor Lizzi Collinge and Cat Smith MP were also present at the meeting and added their support.”
They can also be found along with a great deal more bus campaign-related info on the Bus Users Group website at http://lancsbus.blogspot.co.uk/ (aka 'The view from the queue').
LDBUG will be holding their next meeting at Carnforth Railway Heritage Centre on Thursday 16 March at 13:45hrs, when there will be a presentation and discussion on Bus Shelters as well as campaign news and future planning.
You can also visit, Like and find out more about all things buses at the Lancaster District Bus Users Group facebook page.