West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured confirmation that Wrightington Hospital will be restored as a stop on the 3A bus route following concerns raised by West Lancashire constituents.
Previously the 3A route was one of the subsidised bus routes that was withdrawn following due to the impact of government cuts to local council budgets. The service was partially saved in the county council’s £2 million reallocation of funding to protect vital local public transport services.
The 3A had served many West Lancashire communities passing through Ormskirk, Burscough Newbugh, Parbold, Skelmersdale, Up Holland, Roby Mill, Appley Bridge and Wrightington. Under the revised partial route the service would no longer stop at Wrightington Hospital.
MP Rosie raised residents’ concerns with Lancashire County Council on the exclusion of Wrightington Hospital. In response Lancashire County Council have written to MP Rosie stating ‘We are intending to make some amendments to the new network of services after a period of operation and customer input will be vital to these adjustments. One of the revisions will be to restore Wrightington Hospital as part of the route of the current 3A bus service.
Welcoming the decision by Lancashire County Council, MP Rosie said:
“For many West Lancashire residents of all ages local bus services are a vital lifeline to enable them to go about their day-to-day lives, whether getting to school, college, work, to the hospital, or to visit friends or go to the shops.
“I am delighted by Lancashire County Council’s willingness to listen and to act in restoring Wrightington Hospital to the 3A bus service route.
“This decision will make a real difference to many people in being able to attend hospital appointments or to visit family or friends at the hospital.”