On 28th November Mark Nelson suggested that we should write to our local County Councillors.
How many of us have done so?
The email address of our County Councillor is: Susie.Charles@lancashire.gov.uk
I have contacted her and got a very prompt response, prompt but not promising, the more people who contact our County Councillor the more we raise awareness of the problems the withdrawal of our bus service has created.
If you feel that you ought to put pressure on please post details of any response that you get on the Blog.
Lancashire County Council have agreed some changes to the bus services, to come into effect on the 11 December 2017.
Unfortunately these do not include services in the Lune Valley.
On the brighter side the council announce that there will be further changes implemented on 12 February 2018. They have also said:
“Lancaster – Lune Valley – Kirkby Lonsdale
Lancashire County Council is continuing to work with bus operators to develop a sustainable option to restore a daytime service link for Gressingham, Arkholme & Whittington and the Lune Valley as a whole.”
Hopefully our Christmas present will merely be delayed until early 2018. Lets hope so any way.
The full details are available at: This Link.
I sent the following email at 23:08 the evening.
At the moment a number of the supporters of the Lune Bus Action Group are seeking staff.
Since the subsidies were removed from the Bus service in the Lune Valley, following which Stagecoach cancelled a substantial proportion of its services, the area has had problems in filling vacancies. Particularly among those who do not have their own transport.
Exacerbating this is that parking in and around Kirkby is not cost free.
We would like to set up a “Meet the Press” evening to provide an opportunity for businesses in the area to voice their feelings on how the bus situation between Lancaster and Kirkby is impacting the operation of their business and to make the press aware of our concerns.
If you are prepared to have someone represent you at such a gathering please let Duncan and I know. The most likely venue would be the Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby but we could twist the arm of Whittington Village Hall to accommodate us (with the bar open) at a minimal cost.
We would appreciate a return email confirming that you would consider sending someone to attend such a gathering. We would then see what can be arranged.
A suggestion as to the most convenient night of the week would be appreciated.
Duncan Foster & John Keegan
Lune Bus Action Group
C/O 5 Loyne Park
Lancs LA6 2NL
Mob: Duncan 07733 397518
Tel: John 015242 73052
I know that it means nothing but Tim Farron responded within one minute. Where Oh Where is David Morris?
We have County Councillor Phillippa Williamson to thank for the email Duncan and I received this morning. Phillippa kindly chased the officials at County Hall because they had not responded to our suggestions regarding a new bus timetable. We must continue to keep our fingers crossed.
From: Varley, Andrew [mailto:Andrew.Varley@lancashire.gov.uk]
Sent: 27 October 2017 16:23
To: Lune Bus Action Group; Weir, Ashley
Cc: Colin Hall; Lancaster Bus User Group; Williamson, Phillippa (Cllr); Charles, Susie (Cllr); Kevin Frea; Peter Williamson; Roger Mace; Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire; Maria Muggridge; Michael Sanderson; Snowden, Andrew (Cllr); Starkey, Oliver
Subject: RE: Improvement to bus services in the Lune Valley
Dear Mr Foster and Mr Keegan
Thank you for your email regarding improvements to bus services in the Lune Valley. I would like to apologise for not responding sooner but we have been liaising with local bus operators regarding the proposals you provided and for them to establish if there are any viable options or what the associated costs might be.
Once we have the information available it will be presented to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport and the Lead Member for Buses.
Public Transport Manager
Public and Integrated Transport
Lancashire County Council
We have also received the following email from the Kirkby Lonsdale Town Clerk. It is nice to know that they support us in our cause.
Thank you for your communication.
This was considered at the recent Town Council meeting and it was agreed to support the Lune Bus Action Group, receive minutes and agendas of their meetings and attend any meetings that appear relevant.
We look forward to hearing again from you in due course.
Kevin M Price. Town Clerk.