Following the withdrawal of the 300 bus service through Haskayne, residents are being forced to walk significantly further to catch a bus.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Lancashire County Council to find a location to install a new bus stop so residents don’t have run the gauntlet getting to the former Bluebell Inn site or Scarisbrick Arms Pub to get the bus.
MP Rosie has received correspondence from local residents, Downholland Parish Council and Downholland Community Association, and has met with a resident at her advice surgery over their concerns regarding safety and distance, and their request for a new bus stop along the A5147 closer to the Kings Arms.
MP Rosie said:
“Losing public transport services does have a significant impact on rural communities, especially where residents don’t have access to a car.
“Changes to services and routes in Haskayne have resulted in bus passengers having to walk along the road or on a very narrow footpath next to a very busy road to the nearest bus stop. For many people living in Haskayne walking to either the former Bluebell Inn site or Scarisbrick Arms Pub is quite a distance.
“As winter approaches I am concerned for the safety of bus passengers of all ages, whether school children or pensioners, having to walk this route.
“Therefore, I have written to Lancashire County Council and have spoken to the transport cabinet member, County Councillor John Fillis, urging them to find a swift resolution by installing a new bus stop ideally closer to the site of the Kings Arms making it safer and easier for residents to access bus services.”