After the decision earlier this year by Arriva North West to terminate the 313 bus service, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper welcomes an alternative bus agreed by Lancashire County Council.
MP Rosie recently called for a replacement bus service to ensure residents are not left isolated. On 13 July, the Council agreed that a service will be provided.
There will now be a 312 service running the same route as the 3A, with added stops at Wrightington Hospital, and a 313 service to additionally serve Birch Green and Ashurst; maintaining links to Asda, Newburgh, and Parbold.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
"We simply shouldn't have been here in the first place.
"The 313 was used for 85,000 journeys a year. It would have been totally wrong if residents were left without a replacement, especially in an area that relies heavily on these services. For many, the bus is their means to shops, work, and other important transport connections.
"To lose this bus service would have been a devastating blow for residents as they’d have been forced to walk miles or fork out for taxis.
“The Council have recommended that the decision should be implemented immediately. There can be no delay in providing vital services for residents.”