Accessibility improvements agreed for Nelson bus station

Friday, October 8, 2021

Nelson bus station is to be upgraded to make it easier for people to access a new style of vehicle which is increasingly being used on many rural bus routes.

Work is planned to take place next year to raise the height of the kerbs, and realign the bus bays, to better accommodate the 22-seater vehicles which operate routes such as the 66/67 Ribble Country Service introduced by the county council last year and operated by Transdev.

While smaller than conventional buses, the 'sprinter' vehicles have a longer bonnet, with improvements to the bus station being needed to ensure these buses can park properly and allow safe access on and off the buses for people who may have reduced mobility, and anyone with a pram.

Lancashire County Council's cabinet gave approval for contractors to be invited to bid to carry out the improvements at their meeting this week (Thursday 7 October).

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Good public transport ensures everyone has the opportunity to get to work, and access education and other vital services - and buses really are a lifeline for people in rural areas.

"In recognition of this we have invested a further £750,000 over the past year to make Lancashire's rural services more frequent, reliable and convenient to use.

"Many of these services utilise the smaller 'sprinter' vehicles which are better suited to negotiating country lanes, and accommodating smaller numbers of passengers, helping to ensure services remain efficient and sustainable.

"This type of service has become more widespread since Nelson Bus Station opened, with these improvements being needed to ensure good access to and from the vehicles.

"The National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better presents us with the opportunity to work with operators and communities to create a network which works better for passengers, and this investment is a vital part of meeting that aim by making bus journeys an attractive option for everyone."

Tagged as: Roads, Parking and Travel

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