Burnley buses change gear back to pre-pandemic timetables

The Burnley Bus Company has unveiled its plan to return many of its services to full pre-lockdown timetables as it follows the Government’s roadmap to reopen the economy.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 3:45 pm

As non-essential shops and services prepare to reopen and many people look forward to beginning their own return to normal, the bus firm plans to increase its main services back to pre-pandemic levels.

From Sunday, April 11th, the following service changes will apply:

1: Burnley – Stoops Estate: Back to pre-lockdown timetable.

Witchway buses
Witchway buses

2: Burnley – Nelson – Higherford: Pre-lockdown timetable resumes.

3 & 4: Burnley – Pike Hill – Worsthorne: Services return to pre-lockdown times.

5: Rosegrove – Burnley – Harle Syke: Back to pre-lockdown timetable.

9: Burnley – Network 65 – Accrington: Service continues at the current times.

Mainline M1 & M2: Burnley – Padiham – Accrington and Clitheroe: Back to pre-lockdown timetable.

Mainline M3, M4 and M5: Burnley – Nelson – Colne – Trawden, Keighley and Barnoldswick: M3 and M4 both increased to run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes, while all three services return to pre-lockdown times in the evening and on Sundays. The changes combine to provide a bus every 10 minutes between Burnley, Nelson and Colne.

Pendle Wizz: Burnley – Colne – Barnoldswick – Skipton: Back to pre-lockdown timetable.

Irwell Line: Bury – Rawtenstall – Burnley and Blackburn: Pre-lockdown times, with a new Sunday route on 483 in Rawtenstall via Newchurch Road instead of Staghills Road

Witchway: Burnley – Rawtenstall – Manchester: Service increased to run every 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Monday to Friday times remain as they are now.

Further changes from Sunday, May 2nd will see new ‘Ribble Country’ bus routes across Burnley and the Ribble Valley introduced, while from Sunday May 16th, Witchway and Mainline M3, M4 and M5 will all return to pre-lockdown timetables. Late night buses on Witchway will resume on Friday and Saturday nights from Friday June 25th to support the reopening of evening venues.

The Burnley Bus Company chief executive Alex Hornby said: “We’re working hard now to get everything ready for an amazing staycation summer, as we all look forward to getting out and about more often.

“We’ve always been proud to say that our buses are clean, safe and ready to go, and we know maintaining the highest standards is vital to making sure everyone who travels can do so confidently.

"Each of our buses receives an overnight deep clean, using virucidal fog proven to be highly effective, while our teams are ready at our bus stations to hop on board and clean touch points throughout the day.

“Our buses play a critical role in supporting the reopening of Lancashire’s economy, and we can’t wait to welcome our customers back to our clean and safe buses as lockdown eases, shops reopen and many of us start to return to normal.”

The Burnley Bus Company’s team is producing printed timetables and updated information at bus stops ahead of the changes, while information on timetables, tickets and more is instantly available online at: https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/burnley and on the Transdev Go app.