Joy as timetables to be switched back on

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The electronic timetable at Lancaster Bus Station is due to be switched back on thanks to funding from United Utilities and extensive local campaigning.

There is no date as yet for the switch on, but the Lancaster Guardian understands there will be a brand new timetable board which will use technology that is currently in place at Lancaster University.

The electronic boards, which gave up-to-the-minute departure times and destinations, were switched off permanently on December 1 last year as part of a Lancashire County Council cost-cutting exercise.

It will now be sponsored by water company United Utilities, which is due to undertake extensive sewer upgrade work around the bus station next year.

Coun Ian Pattison, who represents Harbour Ward, said at the time that the county council had made the wrong decision, and mounted a campaign with other councillors to get them switched back on, garnering a 500 signature petition from bus users.

The issue was taken to the city council’s overview and scrutiny committee, which looked at alternative options for providing the service.

Coun Pattison said: “This is fantastic news because we’ve been campaigning for almost a year now.

“We don’t know when it will come online yet, but we’re hoping to get it as soon as possible.”

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood said: “It is great news that the signage is being restored, which will be of benefit to all local bus users.

“A big thank you should go to United Utilities, Lancaster City Council Scrutiny Panel and Lancaster University, who have all been involved in helping to make this happen.

“It just goes to show what can be done when we all work together.”

A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “As part of our multi-million upgrade to Lancaster’s sewer infrastructure we’re delighted to sponsor improvements to the city transport network information.”

More information is expected following a city council overview and scrutiny meeting which was due to be held yesterday.