OLD people’s cherished cheap day trips to the seaside have been saved – for the time being.
There was a storm of protest when new Govern-ment legislation came into force earlier this month.
It meant over-60s and disabled pass holders could enjoy free bus travel – but only on local routes and only after 9.30am.
So-called "excursion" services, such as trips from Accrington to coastal resorts like Blackpool, Fleetwood and Morecambe, were not included.
Day trippers faced paying up to £12 for a trip which had previously cost £1 and one of the main operators, Coastlink Express, based in West End, Oswald-twistle, even feared for its future.
However, Hyndburn Council announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to provide £10,000 to subsidise the service.
Councillor Marlene Haworth, Cabinet portfolio holder for finance, said: "I have set up meetings with Lancashire County Council to discuss how we can keep the service running. I would like to see free services provided permanently. I am pleased that we as a council can help."
As of Monday Hynd-burn NoW card carriers can take advantage of the service.
At present the subsidies can only be provided until the end of May but Councillor Haworth said she is confident an agreement can be reached to keep the free fares going.
Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "This is very good news for the elderly and disabled people of Hyndburn who enjoy trips to the seaside.
"People will be able to use the service over the May Day Bank Holiday and the other Bank Holidays at the end of the month."