Lancashire bus operator The Blackburn Bus Company is today confirming many of its buses will return to normal timetables this weekend, with more buses added to ensure everyone can continue to travel safely.
The bus firm’s move comes as children prepare to return to school five months on from the start of lockdown restrictions.
The company also says increasing number of customers are also returning to its services for work and leisure trips now that travel restrictions have eased, with added reassurance from its unique “Clean, Safe and Ready to Go” customer promise to provide the highest standards of cleanliness and safety on all of its buses.
The Blackburn Bus Company’s General Manager Tony Fiocca said: “With increased and thorough cleaning of each bus, clear safety guidance on board and a warm welcome from our amazing team, the time is right to welcome more of our customers back to the bus.
“Recognising that working patterns for many have changed, we’re now offering flexible ticket bundles as part-time home working has risen in popularity. All of these are available instantly on our Transdev Go mobile app, which also tracks every service throughout its route and shows our customers how much capacity there is on every bus at any point in the journey.
“We’re ready to help people travelling back to work, back to the shops, back to leisure and back to education, while also reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in our local towns and cities. It’s time to come back to the bus.”
From this Sunday, 30 August 2020, the following changes will be introduced:
· The 1: Blackburn to Darwen then Bolton – normal timetable resumed, with minor changes around school times
· 4: Blackburn to Leyburn Road – normal timetable resumed
· 6: Blackburn to Great Harwood then Accrington – normal timetable resumed on service 6, with buses on service 6B reserved for school students only
· 7: Blackburn to Accrington then Great Harwood – normal timetable resumed on service 7, with buses on service 7B reserved for school students only
· 24: Blackburn to Chorley – normal timetable resumed
· Hotline: Preston to Blackburn then Burnley – revised timetable introduced, with journeys serving Altham Business Park at weekday rush hours only
· Red Express: Accrington, Haslingden and Ramsbottom to Manchester – normal timetable resumed
· Valleyline 22: Clitheroe to Blackburn then Shadsworth – normal timetable resumed, with minor changes around school times
Other services will continue to run at unchanged times, while a Sunday service will run on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August 2020.
Full details of all services operated by The Blackburn Bus Company, including timetables and travel advice, are available online at: https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/blackburn and on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app. Customers can also see at a glance how busy their bus is before travelling using the website or app.