People often tell us they would use buses more if they knew where to find information about their local services, in fact there is a huge amount of information available to help you plan your journey quickly and easily. As well as traditional methods such as paper timetables, there are new ways to access information such as via the internet, over the telephone, and by text message to your mobile.
So don't miss out - use this guide and find out what information is available and where to find it.
Lancashire County Council's Bus Services Website is an excellent way to find out about local bus services. It is a “one stop shop for travel and transport information in the county. If we can't provide the information here, we'll have links to other sites that can.
Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Co and Lancashire`s bus operators jointly fund the county's traveline service on 0871 200 22 33. This forms part of a national network of call centres that provide up-to-date timetable information on local bus services between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00, 7 days a week.. Calls cost 10p per minute.
If you want to find out about fares or any special ticket deal you will need to contact the operator directly.
Click here for a list of major operators and their contact details.
There are two types of timetable leaflet which you may come across in Lancashire.
The first type is produced by Lancashire County Council, sometimes in partnership with bus operators. It gives details of the bus routes in a particular area and the times of all the buses that operate along those routes.
You may also come across a second type of leaflet which is produced solely by the bus operator and gives information about their services only.
If a service changes before a new leaflet can be produced then an amendment sheet is printed and distributed to outlets.
Timetable leaflets have to provide a lot of information in a small space. Because of this they make use of abbreviations and symbols which can make them appear difficult to understand. Get help on using a timetable.
Where to get timetable leaflets
Or pick up a leaflet at your local library, county information centre or interchange.
Lancashire County Council provides timetable cases and information at main bus stops along bus routes and at most bus stations in the county. There are approximately 7500 bus stops in Lancashire.
As a result of budget pressures, the county council identified the need to make savings of around £179m. As part of the proposals, the decision was taken to reduce the level of funding for the provision of printed public transport information. This includes the reduction in the number of stops with timetable information. The county council continues to provide information for up to 1000 stops in the County. Timetable information is still be available over the internet, by text message, mobile internet or by phoning Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
Mobile Internet services
If you have mobile internet on your phone, view the next bus times by visiting www.nextbuses.mobi and follow the instructions.
There are 14 County Information Centres/Interchange Offices in Lancashire which are operated by Lancashire County Council. The friendly staff give face-to-face help and advice about all aspects of local bus services. If they can't answer your questions themselves they'll try to point you in the direction of people who can.
Lancashire County Council will translate leaflets about bus services free of charge into other commonly used languages.
If you find out that any of the information that we have mentioned is not available then please contact us. We will look into it and do our best to help.