In respect of the decision by Stagecoach to cease the No. 4 bus service, Broughton Parish Council received the following communication from Lancashire County Council on Thursday 17 October 2019:
Thank you for contacting us with your concerns on Stagecoach's commercial decision to withdraw their local bus Service 4, which operates between Preston, Fulwood, Broughton, Whittingham & Longridge from 4 November 2019.
The county council has been assessing how to sustainably provide a replacement and can advise that County Councillor Keith Iddon, the county council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, has approved plans to utilise developer funding secured through the planning process from housing developments in north Preston for bus services, to revise our tendered bus service network as detailed below to provide a replacement.
The changes will be as follows:
Service 15 Preston – Fulwood – Woodplumpton – Broughton
From 4 November 2019, Lancashire County Council will extend the service beyond Longsands through to Broughton via ASDA, Eastway (serving a new housing development), Royal Preston Hospital, Lightfoot Lane, Wychnor and Woodplumpton.
This will partially replace Stagecoach's withdrawn Service 4 through Fulwood, Woodplumpton & Broughton and, whilst restoring a number of previous bus service links, it will also offer new travelling opportunities in the north Preston area.
The service will operate generally every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime and Rotala Preston Bus will operate the service on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
Service 35 Longridge – Ribchester – Blackburn
From 4 November 2019, Lancashire County Council will withdraw this service as it will be incorporated within the new Service 45.
Service 45 Preston – Broughton – Longridge – Ribchester – Blackburn
From 4 November 2019, Lancashire County Council will introduce this new bus service partially replacing Stagecoach's withdrawn Service 4 and incorporating existing tendered bus Service 35. The new service will introduce a number of new direct travelling opportunities between Preston and Blackburn through north Preston and west Ribble Valley.
The service will operate between Preston and Blackburn via Fulwood (passing Preston College), Royal Preston Hospital, Broughton, Goosnargh, Whittingham, Longridge, Ribchester, Salesbury and Wilpshire. The service will operate generally every hour during Monday to Saturday daytime and Rotala Preston Bus will operate the service on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
Please find attached the new routes and timetables. The new leaflets 1, 2 and 13 will be available in due course.
Bus Services Team
Public & Integrated Transport
Lancashire County Council