Replacement bus service is extended due to demand

Published Monday 11 September 2017 at 9:57

A Blackburn bus company that took over a bus route following the collapse of Darwen Coach Services, has announced it will extend it due to popular demand.

Moving People that runs the 33 service, Darwen to Blackburn via Hoddlesden, Pot House, Lower Darwen and Royal Blackburn Hospital was initially operating it from Monday to Friday only.

However, due to requests from passengers the company has said it will extend the service to Saturdays as well.

Commencing on October 7, it will run at 9am, 10.40am and 1pm from Blackburn and at 9.50am, 12.10pm and 1.50pm from Darwen.

After Darwen Coach Services ceased trading in December last year, Blackburn with Darwen Council took action to make sure that statutory school routes were maintained and worked with local bus companies to cover local commercial bus routes previously withdrawn.

Councillor Jane Oates who represents the Sudell ward, said:

This is excellent news for those that rely on this service who will now have even greater flexibility about when they travel. I’d like to congratulate Moving People for making this decision and would urge passengers to use it to ensure its future.

Stuart Coates, Moving People director, said:

Our drivers have developed an excellent rapport with our regular passengers and we look forward to new customers joining us.  Our new Saturday service aims to offer people a chance to take advantage of the shopping opportunities in both Blackburn and Darwen town centres.

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