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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 (3057222)
Village residents win bus stop battle
by Henry James

RESIDENTS in Haskayne have won their campaign to see two new bus stops installed near to The Kings Arms Pub.

The locals had been concerned over the distances they had to walk to catch a bus following the withdrawal of the 300 bus service.

Back in July, the MP raised residents’ concerns with Lancashire County Council.

She joined County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for transport, in Haskayne to see the plans to install the stops.

Haskayne residents had to walk to either the former Bluebell Inn site or to the Scarisbrick Arms Pub to get a bus.

The MP had received correspondence from residents, Downholland Parish Council and Downholland Community Association over their concerns regarding the safety and distance of using existing bus stops along the A5147.

Following the announcement, the MP said: “The two new bus stops being closer to the centre of Haskayne will make a real difference and make it safer for those residents using the bus.

”When speaking to County Councillor John Fillis back in July, I asked for a swift response. These new plans have delivered just that. I want to thank Councillor Fillis for listening to residents’ concerns and for acting so swiftly.

“With Winter approaching I was concerned for the safety of Haskayne residents who rely on local bus services to get to appointments, to see friends or go shopping.

”Now they will not have to walk so far to catch the bus with these two stops being installed so close to The Kings Arms as residents requested.“

Transport cabinet member John Fillis added: ”I know from meeting with MP Rosie Cooper the strength of residents’ concerns over the safety of having to walk so far to catch a bus.

“I’m pleased we were able to work together to deliver a solution that benefits Haskayne residents.

”Now the plans have been agreed Lancashire County Council will work hard to get the new bus stops installed before Winter.

“As the transport cabinet member I do appreciate and understand just how important these public transport services are for communities such as Haskayne.”

Under the latest proposals, bus stops will be installed on Wanishar Lane, 125 metres from the junction at the Kings Arms on the northbound route, and just 50 metres from the junction on the southbound route.

There will also be new road markings and traffic calming measures introduced to mitigate the traffic safety concerns of the new bus stops, which has been agreed with the Police Traffic Management and County Traffic Officers.


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