Bus route cut anger

Lancaster Bus Station .
Lancaster Bus Station .

Elderly and disabled residents could be left stranded in their homes following a cut to a bus service, a man claims.

The Morecambe to Preston bus, number 40/41, now no longer picks up passengers on Morecambe Road.

Winston Griffith, of Stanhope Court, Morecambe, said: “My wife uses the bus a lot and so do a lot of my neighbours, some of whom are elderly or disabled.

“These people cannot cross a busy road and walk into Torrisholme to get another bus. They will effectively be cut off.

“It’s not really on, especially for elderly passengers.”

Another bus user, Barbara Robinson, who lives on Scale Hall, said: “I was absolutely devastated when I found out – the bus is always busy,

“There are a lot of elderly people on the estate and it’s a lifeline for them.”

Torrisholme ward councillor Roger Dennison said: “The stops on the upper part of Morecambe Road (McDonalds to Shrimp roundabout) will no longer be available.

“Anyone including the elderly, disabled and young who live on the Stanhope, Warley and adjoining roads including the new estate will have to cross two busy main roads with 30mph limits to access public transport.

“It is a concern that no information was provided to local councillors about this significant change.”

A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: “From March 4, most services on the 40/41 service will terminate at Lancaster Bus Station where connections are available on a variety of services to Morecambe.

“Stagecoach are facing a substantial cut in reimbursement rates for concessionary travel from Lancashire County Council.

“Given the frequent services to Morecambe and Heysham and low passenger numbers travelling through from Preston past Lancaster on the 40/41 this was identified as a low impact change for customers that will help to sustain the service.”

For details of services visit www.stagecoachbus.com/cumbrianorthlancs or call 0871 200 2233.