NIGHTMARE ON THE BUSES
THE Scribbler, and everyone writing to The Rossendale Free Press seem to be moaning about the X41 ( Not so Express) bus service going between Accrington and Manchester.
They don’t know how lucky they are, as at least it’s a direct bus service, even if it is now slower.
They should try making the journey between Accrington and Bury using the X41/ 484/ 482/ 483 services now you have to pick up connections in either Edenfield or Ramsbottom.
It’s a nightmare of missed connections and no connections.
Can’t wait for the bad weather of winter while hanging around for connections.
How can you expect buses to run to a timetable when having to travel 30 miles, which includes going in and out of Manchester.
There are even 484 buses coming all the way over from Blackburn to Ramsbottom empty before they start a 484 service to Bury in a morning, when they might as well start in Accrington and pick people up on the way.
There were hundreds of people using the 484 service between Accrington and Bury each week until it was changed, many of them pensioners.
Someone from the Council should be checking these “services”.
If people want to go between Accrington and Manchester, they may be better getting the 464 which runs every 15 minutes to Rawtenstall, then connecting to the X43 which are every 10- 15 minutes at peak times, as at least they run straight on the bypass from Rawtenstall.
As for the 481 between Blackburn and Bury via Rawtenstall, there are buses to Bury from Rawtenstall every 15 minutes anyway, plus they don’t even run regularly, as there are big gaps at certain times of the timetable.
This I believe is just the start with privatization, and I can’t even believe a Labour Council went down this route.
And all to pay for a failed housing policy that cost millions. It can’t be a coincidence what has happened.
For Council, read Council Tax payers, as in the public. Crazy!
I’ve been using Rossendale buses for over 40 years, but am now seriously considering ditching the bus and going to a car for the ease of convenience. At least I can put my bus fares towards the running costs.
Maybe the Council should be inviting some other companies into the area now, or is there a badly written contract giving Transdev a monopoly? Even a local Tory Councillor ( who replied to me) was against this move, and they’d privatize Parliament if they could. David Smith via email
● ● Rossendale born and bred reader David Smith is frustrated with difficulties faced while travelling on Valley buses