West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is fighting to protect the 313 bus service serving the Ashurst area of Skelmersdale as Arriva North West have given notice to terminate the service.
MP Rosie Cooper has contacted the Leader of Lancashire County Council calling for a replacement service to be secured to ensure that the residents of Ashurst are not left disconnected and isolated. At present the 313 is the only local bus route that serves the estates around Ashurst. Passengers use this service to travel to the bus station at the Concourse Shopping Centre to connect with other services to travel across Skelmersdale, into Ormskirk or into Liverpool.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is a horrendous situation in the 21st century that an ever growing number of residents have no access or very limited access to public transport services.
“The loss of the 313 service in Ashurst will be a massive blow for many residents. It is the only service that serves the estates around Ashurst and operates as a half hourly service. For many residents they will use this service to connect with other bus services to get to work or to school or travel to the town centre shops.
“I have spoken to Arriva North West but they are proceeding with their decision to terminate this service.
“I have called on Lancashire County Council as the transport authority to act to protect this service by finding a new operator.
“Losing another bus service would be yet another devastating blow to public transport provision here in West Lancashire.”