Saturday, 13 February 2016

Blackpool Transport Service Changes

Further details have been received about the BTS service changes in April. Route 3 will now serve Faraday Way to replace service 12/13 which is withdrawn completely. Service 9 will be extended to Victoria Hospital every 30 minutes - presumably via Newton Drive which lose the 12, 13, 15 and 16 and to retain a link between Cleveleys, Bispham and Victoria Hospital, albeit customers could change to service 5 at Layton.

Services 10 and 17 will extend from Blackpool to Poulton via the 12/13 (except for Staining), while southern circular 15/16 will be routed via Stanley Park, Zoo, Hospital, Staining, Marton Mere then as present route via South Shore to Blackpool (but direct along Whitegate Drive).

The 2C will be withdrawn in the evening, but continue to run Blackpool to Poulton on Sundays. This - and the 12/13 changes - will leave both Staining and Poulton without evening buses - the latter also losing the 42 and 84 services.

Meanwhile, Stagecoach has announced it will replace the Preston Bus Monday to Thursday evening journeys on service 68, though not the Sunday workings. It already works these commercially on Friday and Saturday. It appears LCC councillors voted for their proposed budget including the bus service cuts confirming the inevitable outcome.