NIGHT­MARE ON THE BUSES

Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

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

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