Saturday, 25 September 2010

Enter Route 18

Monday sees a short notice service change with the splitting of Blackpool Transport's Line 17 into the 17 and 18. The 17 will now run from Blackpool to St. Annes over its current route, albeit with the northbound daytime journeys retimed to run ten minutes later. Four buses will be required during the day.

Line 18 will run, on behalf of Lancashire County Council, from St. Annes to Lytham via the current 17 route, though diverted to serve Ansdell Library between South Hey and South Park via Worsley Road, Central Drive, Gordon Road and Commonside. This will be the first time the section of Worsley Road between South Hey and Albany Road has been served by buses.

Two buses will be required - meaning that the combined requirement increases to six. The evening service will continue to run every hour every day and is understood to interwork with Line 17, Coastal Coaches will continue to run an hourly Sunday daytime service. The changes allows smaller vehciles to be used on the new 18 with a Line 4 livery Solo seen on the first day.