Bus services affecting passengers in Burnley, Pendle and Ribble Valley suspended for two days due to driver shortage

Bus services affecting passengers in Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley are being suspended due to a driver shortage.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 6:41 pm
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 6:42 pm

Lancashire County Council has today announced two of its services in the east of the county will be suspended early next week due to the operator having an emergency driver shortage.

The issue will affect Service 64 from Burnley to Clitheroe via Padiham and Sabden, and Service 65 from Burnley to Nelson via Padiham and Fence.

These services will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday (March 15th and 16th) with the exception of the following journeys:

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Bus passengers in Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley will be affected by a two day stoppage next week due to a driver shortage

0655 Service 65 from Padiham to Nelson

0705 Service 65 from Nelson to Padiham

1558 Service 64 from Clitheroe RGS to Burnley

1720 Service 64 from Burnley to Clitheroe

1818 Service 64 from Clitheroe to Burnley

Despite best efforts the council has not been able to arrange a replacement provider for these days, however expects to be able to put one in place from Wednesday, March 17th.

Whilst alternative bus services are available across many parts of the routes, some areas will not have an alternative available.

Students travelling on Service 64 from Sabden and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School will be able to use Service S66 which operates at similar times.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We're really sorry for the inconvenience caused by the disruption to these services and are doing our best to have them back in operation as soon as possible."