Arriva 537 bus service changing 'due to lack of passengers'
11:09am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A BUS service is set to change — because of a lack of passengers.
From October 27, the Arriva 537, which currently runs hourly between Bolton and Moorside Road, Edgworth, will run every half hour between Bolton and terminate at Bromley Cross.
The change is because the 537 is not carrying enough paying passengers from Bromley Cross to Edgworth, which means the operating cost is not covered, Arriva bosses say.
Kath Grundy, from Turton, who was told about the change by a bus driver, said: “Lots of elderly folks use the 537 service to get to the market, hospital or to Waters Meeting Health Centre and they won’t be able to travel to these places unless they get a taxi which they may not be able to afford.
“I drive anyway so it’s not an issue to me but I am thinking of the people that are dependant on this service.”
Mrs Grundy is worried for the elderly people who cannot drive and claims that the lack of service “defeats the purpose of a free bus pass”.
The 538 service which currently only goes as far as Andrew Lane, Sharples, will now be extended to run to Egerton. The half hourly service will no longer serve Thornham Drive and Ashworth Lane, Sharples, however, these stops will be served by the 537 service – providing links to Bromley Cross and Bolton.
Arriva has apologised for the change.
A spokesman said: “We are unable to run an unsupported service which carries very few passengers”.
Blackburn and Darwen Council added: “We have a duty as a council to explore alternative options for the service which we are doing before we make a decision.”
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