Pressure on to save info signs

Lancaster bus station during the hours of darkness.
Lancaster bus station during the hours of darkness.

A city councillor is calling on Stagecoach to take responsibility for Lancaster Bus Station’s information boards, which are due to be switched off next month.

The electronic boards, which give up-to-the-minute departure times and destinations, will be switched off permanently on December 1, as part of a Lancashire County Council cost-saving exercise.

Concern has also been raised by members of the public about the lack of lighting within the bus station, which makes it “impossible to read the bus timetables” when the information boards are switched off.

Coun Ian Pattison, who represents Harbour Ward, said the county council had made the wrong decision, and is calling on bus operator Stagecoach to pick up the baton.

“I do think we need to put this in a wider context, and Stagecoach is making a huge profit out of this service,” he said.

“Of course, we appreciate that Stagecoach provides a decent service for our district.

“But it is up to the county council to legislate and agree in future contracts that providing an information board should be the responsibility of the company in charge of the bus service.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (17-11-11) for full story.