Pennine Reach

Pennine Reach is a rapid bus transport scheme developed to improve public transport between Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen linking in with rail lines.

The project is a major transport scheme majority funded by the Department for Transport and and  jointly led by Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

The project aims to:

  • Reduce congestion on the road network
  • Reduce bus journey times and improve the reliability of bus services
  • Improve public transport provision to key strategic employment sites
  • Support the regeneration of Pennine Lancashire's towns

Key features of Pennine Reach

  • New bus stations in Accrington and Blackburn town centre.
    The new, modern bus stations are vital to the scheme and are intrinsic to achieving a step change in public transport across Pennine Lancashire
  • Junction improvements
    At key congestion hotspots/junctions, there is a mixture of bus lanes and bus priority to improve bus journey times, whilst still ensuring that overall road capacity is not affected and that the overall impact of congestion is kept to a minimum
  • A fleet of high quality, modern, comfortable buses
  • Improved bus stops and bus waiting facilities
  • Mini interchanges
    Minor transport interchanges have been introduced in some principal locations, providing enhanced waiting facilities over and above simple bus shelter
  • Up to the minute bus information accessible via the internet, mobile phones and digital displays at certain bus stops
  • Safer pedestrian crossings and improved cycle facilities
  • Management of some on street parking to reduce congestion

Current status of the scheme