Duncan and I are delighted to be able to update you on the bus service, via this email from County Councillor Phillippa Williamson. This certainly provides a fillip to our New Year celebrations.
You may have heard this – but just in case… Some good news for 2018.
From Monday 5 March 2018, Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Ltd, in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will introduce a new 582 bus service to restore a daytime local bus link for the villages of Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.
The new regular two-hourly bus service operating Monday to Saturday daytime will run between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale via Caton, Brookhouse, Hornby, Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.
The new Service 582 is an extension to the existing commercial service from Kirkby Lonsdale to Skipton, and will also connect with Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire’s wider North Yorkshire Craven Connection network Services 580 and 581 offering through links to Ingleton, Settle and Skipton.
This is really welcome news – many of us have been campaigning for a new service linking our villages for some time, as we all understand how much it means to local residents and businesses. I have attached below the Lancashire County Council notification of this news:
This new bus contract is for three years and has come about following the change in administration at the County Council in May 2017 who have made an extra £1m available to support bus services in several parts of the county, increasing the budget from £2m to £3m to improve the public transport network.
More details on the timetable will be available very soon and as we go into 2018, it would be great if we can help promote the new service to encourage as many people as possible to use it once it begins to help sustain it for the future.
All the very best wishes for the new year,