Wheels in motion for new buses for Burnley, Pendle and Ribble Valley

A new netwrok of buses has been launched covering Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:45 pm

Transdev’s new buses will form part of a £2.4m. total investment by the bus firm in its Lancashire network.

The new buses will carry the brand name ‘Ribble Country’.

Transdev chief executive Alex Hornby said: “As part of our new multi-year partnership with Lancashire County Council, we’re delighted to launch our new Ribble Country network, which will transform bus services right across the Ribble Valley and support the area’s economy as we follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Celebrating the launch of the new bus network serving the Ribble Valley are, from left, drivers Chris Corey, Steve Beharrell and Curtis Payne; Transdev CEO Alex Hornby; and Lancashire County Council public transport manager Andrew Varley.

“A key benefit of Ribble Country being part of our Transdev family is better and simpler ticketing. It means our customers will be able to make easy connections between our Ribble Country network and our other existing bus routes for onward travel across Lancashire and into Greater Manchester, all on one ticket – making travel easier and better value for money.

“As always, every one of our buses is clean, safe and ready to go, and we will continue to maintain the highest standards as we know it’s a vitally important way to make sure everyone returning to bus travel can enjoy doing so with confidence.

“We know our customers old and new are going to love their amazing new Ribble Country buses, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone on board.”

Andrew Varley, Lancashire County Council public transport manager, said: “The Ribble Country-branded services represent a real improvement to the bus network in this area, particularly for many rural communities and towns which will see more frequent, reliable buses and new weekend services in some areas.

“This will help to ensure more passengers have the chance to access education and employment opportunities and reach essential services.

“Working with Transdev, our aim is to provide good transport links, especially in rural areas where many people rely on bus services. These new buses are accessible, comfortable and convenient, and I hope people will make good use of them and give them a try as we build back patronage on all our supported services.”

The following new and improved routes launched at the weekend as part of Transdev’s Ribble Country bus network:

Ribble Country 4: Clitheroe – Peel Park Circular

Buses every hour Monday to Saturday, with a new timetable.

Ribble Country 6: Burnley – Reedley Hallows – General Hospital – Nelson – Marsden Park – Boundary Mill – Colne

New service replacing the current Holmeswood Coaches 95.

A simpler route with a bus every 30 minutes and a new Sunday service.

Ribble Country 14: Burnley – Clifton Farm

New service with a doubled frequency, with buses every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and a new hourly service on Sundays.

Ribble Country 15: Burnley – Healey Wood and Rose Hill

New timetable with buses every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and a new hourly Sunday service.

Ribble Country 64: Burnley – Sycamore Avenue – Lowerhouses – Padiham – Sabden – Whalley – Clitheroe

Service doubled to run every hour, with a new Sunday service every two hours.

Ribble Country 65: Burnley – Sycamore Avenue – Lowerhouses – Cambridge Drive – Padiham – Higham – Fence – Nelson

Service continues every two hours, with a route change to serve Cambridge Drive and St John’s Road in Padiham, and Lomeshaye. Routes 65 and 66 provide a combined hourly service between Fence and Nelson.

Ribble Country 66 and 67: Clitheroe – Chatburn – Downham – Barley – Fence or Blacko – Barrowford – Nelson & Colne College – Nelson

A combined hourly service along much of these routes, with the 66 serving Barrowford and a new Sunday service every two hours.

Ribble Country 68: Colne – Barrowford – Carr Hall – Nelson

New hourly route Monday to Saturday, replacing the 95A to South Valley Drive and Alkincoats, with new links to Barrowford Road and Riverside Business Park.

Ribble Country 69: Nelson – Chapel House Road – Brierfield – Burnley General Hospital

Hourly service Monday to Saturday replacing the 95A to Brunswick Street, Kings Causeway and Brierfield