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Hesketh Banks residents angry about plans to drop bus service
31 March 2010

Hesketh Bank residents of being cut off from other parts of West Lancashire after it was announced a bus service would no longer be calling in the town.

The 202 bus service, which runs between Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and Ormskirk, will cease calling at stops in Hesketh Bank and start at Tarleton instead from next month, due to plans for Stagecoach to take over the route from Cumfybus.

“People are going to have to take more buses and make a longer journey to go to Ormskirk, because they'll have to go to Tarleton and change buses, and it'll be more expensive for residents too. It's unfair that the people of Hesketh Banks are being targeted unfairly by the change in the service,” said Chapel Road resident Rose Green.

“There's a big population of the elderly in Hesketh Bank who use the service to get to appointments at Ormskirk Hospital, and it's used by young people who have jobs in Ormskirk too. I've spoken to lots of people who use this service and they're all up in arms about the changes. They're having their choices in travel taken away from them.”

The 202 service is currently operated by Southport-based company Cumfybus on behalf of Lancashire County Council, but plans to see the services switch to Stagecoach would mean the services missing out Hesketh Bank and starting and terminating in Tarleton.

David Borrow, MP for South Ribble, said that while the changes would be good news for residents living in Tarleton and other parts of Lancashire, it meant Hesketh Bank would be left without a direct link to Ormskirk.

“This is causing problems for people travelling to Ormskirk, especially for Market day and access to the hospital. Ive already raised this with Lancashire County Council on behalf of local residents,” he said.

“I asked if they have any plans in place to help the elderly residents who rely on this service. I'm waiting for them to reply as soon as possible as I want the Council to understand that people care deeply about this issue.”

The Champion approached Lancashire County Council for a statement on the issue but it has not yet been able to comment.

By David Simister



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