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Calls to reopen ‘vital’ information centre

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at the now closed Information Centre in Chorley bus station

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle at the now closed Information Centre in Chorley bus station

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle has called on Lancashire County Council to reconsider its decision to close a bus station information centre.

LCC has withdrawn its funding for the information centre at Chorley bus 
station, which costs around £14,000 a year to run, as part of a cost cutting drive.

Information will now be available to passengers from the station manager’s office on the concourse.

But Chorley MP Mr Hoyle has hit out at the move and claims Chorley has been singled out after centres in Preston and Burnley have remained open.

He said: “The centre was a great facility for all people to use. It was always well used and I want LCC to reconsider the decision. Why is Chorley different to centres in Preston and Burnley?

“Why is it that the people of Chorley have to miss out on such a good service.”

Tony Moreton, assistant director for sustainable travel at LCC, said: “The county council provided funding towards staffing the Information Office to provide impartial public transport information.

“We’ve identified an opportunity to save some of that money, and extended the hours of service from 5am to midnight, by contracting (station manager) Eric Wright to provide information from the office on the concourse.”

Last week station users were surprised to find the centre closed.

Jennifer Aston, a regular station user, said: “I used it quite a lot. I once wanted to get to Crosby and on the internet it said I couldn’t. I went in to the centre and within 30 seconds they were able to help me.

“It’s a vital service which helped plenty of vulnerable people.

“Why should Chorley lose out when centres in Preston and Burnley remain open?”

County Coun Bev 
Murray, said: “I share 
residents concerns about the closure of the office and have raised this matter with the cabinet member 
responsible at the county council to ask that he review the decision with a view to reopening it.

 

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