Hyndburn council has vowed to fight proposed cuts to rural bus services.
A motion was submitted to the latest meeting of Hyndburn council, expressing regret that as of this month the 14/14A bus will not serve Green Haworth.
From July 26, the service will no longer serve Green Haworth, following a decision to reroute the service by Lancashire County Council; after Blackburn with Darwen council withdrew £93,000 in contributions from cross boundary bus services.
Immanuel ward councillor Julie Livesey proposed a motion at the meeting that councillors should write to the portfolio holder at Lancashire County Council asking for him to reconsider this route and to reinstate Green Haworth, as this bus is a ‘lifeline’ for the people who use it.
She said: “The 14/14a service is being rerouted, it’s going to totally cut off Green Haworth. Residents will have no access to public transport, they can’t get to shops and it will affect families from Fern Gore that attend Green Haworth Primary School.”
Fellow Immanuel ward councillor Judith Addison seconded the motion.
She said: “For children to use the bus with Mount Carmel there will be an increased cost from 77p return to £2.55.”
Great Harwood Labour councillor Gareth Molineux agreed with the motion put forward by the Conservative councillors, but added that they could also write to the Department of Transport asking them to secure a fund for the protection of rural bus services.
Councillors Parkinson, Dad and Moss all spoke in favour of the motion, and it was carried on a unanimous vote.
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve done our best to minimise the impact on Lancashire residents of the reduction in funding for these cross-boundary services.
“Unfortunately to maintain this important link within the resources available, the route between Accrington and the hospital has been revised to go via Oswaldtwistle, no longer serving Fern Gore, Green Haworth and Broadfield.
“The majority of the 15 daily passenger trips to and from Green Haworth are made by schoolchildren, and from September the 867 School Bus Service serving Mount Carmel.”