Bus services changes due to coronavirus
Temporary changes to bus services in Lancashire are being introduced by Stagecoach from Monday, March 23, following new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus.
A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice. The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.
It follows extensive action by bus operators to enhance cleaning regimes and protect the safety and well-being of customers and bus workers.
Separately, the bus and coach industry is also engaging with government to help ensure the long-term future of bus services, which are critical to the economy and local communities, is protected.
Matt Davies, MD Merseyside and South Lancashire said: “Along with other bus operators and key sectors, we are working hard to support the national effort to tackle the current challenging situation.
"The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do. We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.
“Following the latest government advice, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel. Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.
“We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.
“We will continue to monitor the position, liaise closely with government and other authorities, and respond as appropriate to what is a dynamic situation.”
Lancashire area services will operate as follows:
1 Preston – Longridge: Saturday timetable, but the journeys from midnight onwards will not operate
1A Preston – Gamull Lane: service will not operate
2 Preston - Southport: Saturday timetable
2A Preston – Ormskirk: Saturday timetable
3 Preston – Penwortham: Saturday timetable, but the journeys from midnight onwards will not operate
4C Preston – Preston’s College: service will not operate
8A Chorley – Blackrod: Saturday timetable
9 Preston – Moor Nook: service will not operate
24A Chorley – Blackburn: Saturday timetable
59 Preston – Blackburn: Saturday timetable
61 Preston – Blackpool: Saturday timetable
68 Preston – Blackpool: Saturday timetable
109 Preston – Chorley: Saturday timetable
111 Preston – Leyland: Saturday timetable
113 Preston – Wigan: Saturday timetable
118/119 Chorley locals: Saturday timetable
125 Preston – Chorley – Bolton: Saturday timetable, but will serve Walton Summit Industrial estate until early evening
280 Preston – Skipton: Saturday timetable
315 Ormskirk – Southport: normal weekday timetable
X2 Preston – Southport – Liverpool: Saturday timetable
Preston Park & Ride 1: Saturday timetable
Travel on Saturdays and Sundays
Saturday: Normal Saturday service (with the above exceptions)
Sunday: Normal Sunday service
Since the impact of the coronavirus in the UK, Stagecoach has implemented additional hygiene measures to protect passengers, frontline bus workers and office-based staff.
In addition to well-established and rigorous cleaning regimes, there has been more frequent cleaning of main customer touch-points on buses, such as hand poles and grab rails. All Stagecoach front-line staff have also been provided with personal hand sanitiser and regular reminders are being issued about the importance of personal hygiene.