Subsidised bus services could be slashed on evenings and Sundays as part of cost saving measures.
Lancashire County Council (LCC) plans to save £3.8 million over the next two years by withdrawing subsidies which enable ‘not commercially viable’ routes to operate.
The authority said it would focus instead on subsidising busier routes during the day and also provide an extra £500,000 on community transport for people with the greatest need.
Hyndburn Tory councillor Peter Britcliffe said residents will end up ‘paying more for a poorer service’.
He said: “The fact is those late night and weekend bus services are a lifeline for so many people and it should be kept. I would be disappointed to see any of them go.”
If approved the measures would come into effect in May hitting 72 bus services across Lancashire.
County hall finance chiefs said they already spend £8 million on subsidising bus travel.
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said they were just making proposals at this stage.
He added: “I’m fully aware that the withdrawal of any bus service would have an impact upon the people who use it.
“No decision will be taken without carefully considering the results of this consultation.”
The Hyndburn bus routes affected include:
- The number 6 and 7 between Accrington, Great Harwood and Blackburn via Clayton-le-Moors and Harwood Bar
- The number 23 between Accrington, Padiham and Burnley via Huncoat and Hapton
- The number 152 between Burnley, Blackburn and Preston via Padiham, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton and Feniscowles.
A consultation over the proposals which are part of the LCC’s 2014 budget, will close on Friday, January 17.
To take part in the consultation visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or email firstname.lastname@example.org.