MP wel­comes bus move

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

WEST Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has wel­comed a pub­lic trans­port life­line for Skelmers­dale.

Af­ter an an­gry re­ac­tion to the de­ci­sion ear­lier this year by Ar­riva North West to ter­mi­nate the 313 bus ser­vice, an al­ter­na­tive bus ser­vice has been agreed by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil.

Ms Cooper re­cently called for a re­place­ment bus ser­vice to en­sure res­i­dents on the route are not left iso­lated.

On July 13, the Coun­cil agreed that a ser­vice will be pro­vided.

There will now be a 312 ser­vice run­ning the same route as the 3A, with added stops at Wright­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal, and a 313 ser­vice to ad­di­tion­ally serve Birch Green and Ashurst; main­tain­ing links to Asda, New­burgh, and Par­bold.

Rosie Cooper com­mented: “We sim­ply shouldn’t have been here in the first place.

“The 313 was used for 85,000 jour­neys a year.

“It would have been to­tally wrong if res­i­dents were left with­out a re­place­ment, es­pe­cially in an area that re­lies heav­ily on th­ese ser­vices.

“For many, the bus is their means to get to shops, work, and other im­por­tant trans­port con­nec­tions.

“To lose this bus ser­vice would have been a dev­as­tat­ing blow for res­i­dents as they’d have been forced to walk miles or fork out for taxis.

“The Coun­cil have rec­om­mended that the de­ci­sion should be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

“There can be no de­lay in pro­vid­ing vi­tal ser­vices for res­i­dents.”

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