Coronavirus: Public transport
Disruption to bus and rail services
(Updated 13 May 2020)
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is disruption to bus and rail services. Please follow the Government's latest advice and if you can work from home then you should continue to do so. If you do have to travel then consider cycling and walking.
When using public transport, practice social distancing and where possible please buy tickets online or use contactless payments to help stop the spread of the virus. Where this is not possible please wash your hands before and after travelling.
Many bus operators in Lancashire introduced reduced timetables from Monday 23 March and further changes have since taken place. It has not been possible to update the timetable information at your bus stop, therefore if you do have to travel, please check your bus operator's website for the latest travel information.
The major bus operators in Lancashire are:
Arriva North West
Website - https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-west/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/northwestarriva/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/arrivanorthwest
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/arrivabus.northwest/
Website - https://www.blackpooltransport.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/blackpooltransportservices
Twitter - https://twitter.com/BPL_Transport
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/blackpooltransport/
Website - https://www.catch22bus.co.uk/
Facebook - https://en-gb.facebook.com/Catch22bus-Ltd-134405156940435/
Twitter - https://www.catch22bus.co.uk/
Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire
Pilkington bus/Boomerang Travel
Website - http://pilkingtonbus.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Pilkington-Bus-175222522529998/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/PilkingtonBus
Rotala Preston Bus
Website - https://www.stagecoachbus.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StagecoachBus/
Twitter - https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/stay-connected
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stagecoach_bus/?hl=en
Blackburn Bus Company
The Burnley Bus Company
Tendered Bus Services
The county council's tendered bus services are currently operating a reduced Saturday service. For further information, please contact the bus operator or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search for 'bus timetables'.
As with buses, train services have been running a reduced timetable since Monday 23 March that sees around half the usual number of trains running compared to normal. Early morning and late evening services are being protected wherever possible to support key workers. If your journey is essential and you need to go by train, please check the train company's website before you set out.
Further information can be found at:
Trans Pennine Express
Avanti West Coast
Website - https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/avantiwestcoastrail/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/AvantiWestCoast
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/avantiwestcoast/?hl=en
Key Workers – temporary bus and rail timetables feedback
If you are a key worker and you would like to give feedback on the temporary bus and rail timetables across Lancashire because you are concerned they do not meet your needs to get to/from work, or you have comments about social distancing or cleanliness on buses and trains, please email email@example.com and we will pass on your comments to the relevant operator.
School Bus Services
Lancashire school bus services are operating where there is a need to transport the children of key workers. This means most of the school bus network is not operating at the moment or is operating a different route and timetable, or on a demand responsive basis.
If you wish your child to use one of our school bus services your school should be able to offer you advice.
Most community transport bus service have been temporarily suspended, however the operators are continuing to support the local community by supporting many of their more vulnerable passengers by offering a shopping service and the ability to just keep in touch. To find out more please contact your local community transport provider for details.
To ensure the continued health and well-being of staff and passengers, and to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus we have taken the decision to make the following temporary closures at our bus stations:
Accrington, Chorley & Nelson Bus Stations
The internal concourse areas of the bus stations at Accrington, Chorley and Nelson are closed. Buses continue to use the bus stands but the buildings are closed.
Preston Bus Station
The concourse at Preston Bus Station is closed. Buses continue to pick up and drop off from the external coach stands which are opposite the rear of the Guild Hall.
The car park at the bus station is closed as the only pedestrian access to the car park is via the concourse. The county council has contacted companies and services which have contracts in place for their staff to use the car park, and has arranged for limited and carefully managed use of the car park by some essential key workers.
Limited access to the building will be maintained for bus staff so that they can access rest and welfare facilities.
Park and Ride
Both the Lancaster and Walton Le Dale Park and Ride bus services were temporarily suspended from the last bus on Saturday evening (28th March).
Anyone with a NoWcard pass in the Lancashire County Council area, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool can use it for free travel before 9.30am in the morning from Monday 23 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning peak has been lifted to allow pass holders to take advantage of those shops that are now dedicating the first hour of shopping to older and vulnerable people.
The government is advising against non-essential use of public transport and for people to vary travel times to avoid rush hour, however the change to NoWcards recognises that some older and disabled people, who are not yet self-isolated, may need to travel earlier than usual to get to the shops or attend a medical appointment.
Disabled NoWcard holders who previously had to pay 50p or £1 to travel before 9.30am will also be able to travel for free.
The councils have worked with transport operators to agree this temporary change which will be reviewed in line with COVID-19 developments.
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