Don’t let village be stranded by bus cuts say campaigners

David Hudson, Chairman of the new action group Save Our Buses Ribchester

David Hudson, Chairman of the new action group Save Our Buses Ribchester

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LOCAL residents are being urged to attend a special drop-in event this Saturday following the launch of an eleventh hour “Save Our Buses” campaign in Ribchester.

The event, from 10am to 1pm at Ribchester Sports and Social Club is to alert local residents to the fact that villagers could be stranded with no buses in or out of the village after February 21.

The ending of local bus services, which link the village to Longridge, Clitheroe, Blackburn, Whalley and Chipping comes in advance of a proposed county council budget decision to end all its £7.5m subsidies for county bus services from April. But in Ribchester service operator Holmeswood Coaches is to end its service next month because of fears over possible staffing issues as its drivers seek new jobs. The routes affected, which serve Ribchester and/or neighbouring areas, are the 5, 14, 14a, 15 and 25.

More than 40 people attended the protest group‘s launch on Thursday evening in the village’s Sports and Social Club. The drop-in information event will it says help assess the impact of the cut and alert village residents to the cuts.

Chairman David Hudson said: “The purpose of this session is to gather thoughts and information, especially the impact that loss of ALL buses will mean to you, both now and in the future. Please come along to discuss and find out more.”