Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Preston Bus wins expanded Tendered network

Route 74 will end in December with services 76/77 replacing it. Here Preston Solo 20831 waits at Abingdon Street terminus in Blackpool (Brian Turner)

Preston Bus has registered service changes following the award of new contracts by Lancashire County Council from 10th December. The 74 (Poulton to Blackpool) is withdrawn and replaced by new 76 and 77. Changes are made to route 75 which will serve Cleveleys; reinstated sevrice 76 will link Lytham, Kirkham, Poulton and Blackpool and new service 77 will replace the 80 running Preston to Blackpool via Inskip, Great Eccleston and Poulton.

Route 75 will operate via Pheasant Wood Drive, Mayfield Road, West Drive, Rossall Road, Cleveleys, Victoria Road, Four Lane Ends, Thornton Centre, Tarn Road, Breck Road to Poulton. Four buses are needed and the 75 interworks with local service 29 from Preston to Frenchwood.

The 76 has six trips from Lytham to Poulton via Kirkham and Great Eccleston and five return. Three trips continue to Blackpool via Victoria Hospital. The 77 and 77A run hourly from Preston to Great Eccleston, the 77A running off peak to Myrescough College. The 77 continues to Blackpool every 2 hours with some extra trips at peak time. The 77 also serves Myrescough at peak times with a morning Preston to Myrescough bus, running back to Blackpool with the reverse in the afternoon, albeit starting at Poulton. Four buses are needed for the 76, 77, 77A. One works all 77A journeys plus some peak 77s, the rest stick to the 76/77 cycle.