Bid to save under threat bus route

Petition: Andrew Singleton wants the number 19 to stay permanently
Petition: Andrew Singleton wants the number 19 to stay permanently
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A petition has been started to save a cuts threatened bus route.

From Monday Preston Bus will withdraw part of the service 19 route around Broadwood Drive, Fulwood.

It will be revised to operate only to Royal Preston Hospital.

Lancashire County Council will run a replacement service for four months while all subsidised bus transport in the area is reviewed.

Andrew Singleton, of Brookfield, Preston, has launched a petition to urge council bosses to permanently save the route.

A council report said that on-bus surveys and ticket machine data showed around 45,000 passenger trips were made every year to and from Broadwood Drive on the 19 bus.

Andrew said: “It is a really good route and gets very busy.

“I use it and I think it should stay. I am going to do a petition and am thinking about starting a Facebook group too.”

Services 19 and 19a currently run regular services in both directions between Preston city centre and Royal Preston Hospital in Fulwood via Deepdale Road and Sharoe Green Lane.

Service 19 operates via Broadwood Drive in Fulwood every 15 minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday.

Other buses are available on Sharoe Green Lane, but losing the 19 would leave residents in the Broadwood Drive area with no bus service. Instead of operating via Deepdale Road, the new 4B will operate via Garstang Road.

County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We know that people in the Broadwood Drive area would have felt a considerable impact from losing their local bus service which is why we stepped in when 
Rotola Preston Bus told us they were withdrawing the number 19 for commercial 
reasons. The replacement 4B service which starts next week will be entirely subsidised by the county council at the cost of £18,500 for the next four months.

“We’ll be reviewing all subsidised bus routes in the area during that time to make sure what we have in place offers the best use of our available budget and is affordable in the long term, and our aim will be to ensure that people continue to be well served by public transport.”