Coronavirus: Public transport

Disruption to bus and rail services

(Updated 26 March 2020)

Please check with bus and rail operators before travelling, due to disruption caused by staff absences.

There is disruption to rail services, and many bus operators in Lancashire are operating reduced timetables. Please check operator's websites for the latest position.

Bus stations

The bus stations at Accrington and Nelson will be closed from tonight (Tues 24 Mar). Buses will continue to use the bus stands, but the buildings will be closed.

Preston Bus Station 

The concourse at Preston Bus Station is due to close on Friday evening (27 March) until further notice due to reduced availability of staff, and to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Buses will 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 already closed as the only pedestrian access to the car park is via the concourse. Lancashire 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.

The bus station will operate reduced hours from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday but will then be closed until further notice. Limited access to the building will be maintained for bus staff so that they can access rest and welfare facilities.

Chorley Interchange

The internal concourse at Chorley Interchange is closed until further notice due to staff absences, however the newsagent at the rear of the building is still open for business.

Park and Ride

Both the Lancaster and Walton Le Dale Park and Ride bus services will be temporarily suspended from the last bus on Saturday evening (28th March).

NoWCard

(Updated 20 March 2020)

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

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.