The Trauma Of Tendered Transport
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Re-Ordering Ribble Routes (1)
All over the country we have seen local authorities ending their budget for tendered services, routes that could never be commercially profitable but which were, hitherto, deemed "socially necessary". The above question was posed by the good people of Chipping.
fbb well remembers sitting on his daily bus to school when the driver would turn round and ask, "Is Mrs Linch on her way?" Someone at the back of the Beford OB (fbb was at the front working the hand operated sliding door) would shout, "Yes, she's coming!"
So the driver would wait for the couple of minutes it would take said lady to speed six million dollar man style to the bus stop. Mrs Linch was, as they say, of ample girth! The bus was a "dupe" so no one would be discomfited by a brief delay!
The trouble with the Tendering system is that the local authority is strapped for cash and wants to push prices down whilst the bus company is strapped for cash and wants to push prices up!
Chipping is a sweet little village with church (still trading) ...
Hence service 5 to Clitheroe was saved and in November last year was re-assigned to Pilkingtons of Accrington ...
Accrington’s Pilkington Bus company has announced it will be investing £500,000 in four new buses and eight drivers to fulfil a contract recently awarded by Lancashire County Council. The new contract, worth in the region of £3m, will boost connectivity for people particularly in the Ribble Valley.
The new services are:
* Clitheroe to Chipping
(The existing two-hour service will increase in
frequency to every hour, seven days a week
including all day on Sunday)
* Blackburn, Mellor
* Blackburn, Mellor, Brockhall
* Blackburn, Mellor, Brockhall, Clitheroe
Alan Pilkington, Pilkington Bus managing director, said: “We’re proud to be offering this new service to the public. It’s a vote of confidence from Lancashire County Council. We’ve been partnering with LCC since 1979 and we’ve come to be a preferred supplier because we always provide a 100 per cent service.”
Needless to say, the article does not get it quite right. The 5/5A ...
The 25/25A to Mellor and Mellor Brook also gains a Sunday service ...
Nevertheless, it is good to see that Lancashire Council is putting money back into its rural bus services.
At the time of the award Pilkingtons operated a clutch of local services in Accrington, running Monday to Friday only.
1-Clayton-le-Moors and Oswaldtwistle
2-ASDA and Dill Hall First Avenue
5-Dill Hall and Springhill
8-Springhill and Dill Hall
9-Barnfield and Laneside
11-Accrington, Fern Gore
Many of these services mirror those operated by the municipal company of old. Heres is Plikingtons 5 to Dill Hall ...shows Dill Hall Lane in the community of Church ...
No modern map is produced of bus services in Accrington; which is a great pity as the route network is quite complicated.
Also of note, Pilkingtons operated several other services in the area.
By way of preparation, let us just take a glance at the Transdev block of services in the Clitheroe area ...
But fbb will attempt to sort something out tomorrow.
The old man has not forgotten yesterday's quiz - BUT a very enthralling World Snooker final meant that blogging activity was somewhat curtailed. Equally feeble excuse for having the same livery/logo picture in two blocks!
Sorry, but fbb does have a life!
Next Ribble Valley blog : Wednesday 5th May