July 2020 Bus Changes14th of July, 2020
Service 43 Preston: Cottam - Fulwood
Royal Preston Hospital
In partnership with the county council and Preston City Council, Rotala Preston Bus will introduce this new direct service linking the City Centre with Fulwood Royal Preston Hospital via the Railway Station, Tom Benson Way, Cottam and Fulwood Lightfoot Lane.
The service will operate every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime. In conjunction with Service 44 the frequency between the City Centre and Cottam will increase from every 30 minutes to generally every 15 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime.
A new hourly Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday daytime service will also operate between the City Centre, Cottam and Fulwood Wychnor.
Service 46 Preston: Woodplumpton - Broughton - Whittingham - Longridge
The county council will introduce this new service, maintaining a service for Cadley, Woodplumpton and Broughton, partially replacing the amended Services 15 & 77A.
The service is extended from Broughton through to Longridge via Goosnargh and Whittingham, increasing the service provision in conjunction with Service 45.
In Longridge town centre, the service will loop Calder Avenue and Higher Road serving additional areas within the town including Beacon Fell Caravan Park. This follows a number of requests from local residents for the restoration of a bus service link.
The service will operate generally every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime. In conjunction with Service 45 the frequency between Preston City Centre and Longridge via Broughton, Goosnargh and Whittingham will increase to generally every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime.
Rotala Preston Bus will operate this service on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
Preston West, Fylde & Wyre
Service 74 Preston: Lea - Great Eccleston - Poulton - Fleetwood
The county council will introduce this new service across northwest Preston and the Fylde, partially replacing Services 77 & 77A.
This new service will operate between Preston and Fleetwood via Riversway, Lea, Catforth, Inskip, Elswick, Great Eccleston, Poulton, Thornton and Broadwater.
The service will operate every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime. In conjunction with Service 75, the frequency between Preston, Poulton and Fleetwood, over common sections, will increase to generally every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime.
A new two hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday daytime service will also be introduced.
Service 77 Preston: Lea - Great Eccleston - Poulton - Blackpool
Service 77A Preston: Lea -Great Eccleston - Myerscough
The county council will withdraw these services and will be replaced as follows:
the section of route between Preston and Poulton will be served by new Service 74:
the section of route between Poulton and Blackpool will be served by the extension of Service 76.
The four return journeys per day to Myerscough College will be withdrawn, passenger numbers prior to March 2020 showed on average two passenger trips per day across all eight journeys, which were normally students attending Myerscough College. These students will continue to be able to access their dedicated college bus services from across the area, as well as the frequent daytime shuttle service available between the college and connecting bus services on the A6.
The withdrawal of the Myerscough section enables the resource to be redeployed to allow for the extension of Service 76 from Lytham through to St. Annes via Clifton Drive Hospital.