£½m spend on key X43 bus route

This Is Lancashire: £½m spend on key X43 bus route £½m spend on key X43 bus route

NEARLY £500,000 is set to be spent improving the main bus corridor between Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

Responsive traffic lights are set to be installed or considered for a number of junctions along the A682 between the three boroughs, as used by the X43 service, this coming year.

And a major new controlled crossing has been pencilled in to provide better pedestrian links across Bacup Road and St Mary’s Way, in Rawtenstall.

An investment of £220,000 has been outlined to county councillors, including the replacement of the subway under St Mary’s Way with a toucan crossing.

County engineers will be promoting the use of ‘MOVA’ (microprocessor optimised vehicle actuation) lights, which are said to be more adaptable for congested routes.

Proposals have been drawn up to install MOVA lights, alongside a right-hand turn lane, at the Tup Bridge junction, of St Mary’s Way and Newchurch Road, for £100,000 The same system will also be employed around the Rawtenstall gyratory, with a £110,000 price tag, and a review will be undertaken of traffic light timings for the junction outside the town’s Asda store.

If the first four schemes come in under budget then consideration will also be given to creating a pedestrian crossing at Tup Bridge.

Edward Downer, transport planner for county council consultants Jacobs UK, said: “One of the key objectives of Lancashire County Council’s local transport plan is to improve economic performance and regeneration through the introduction of initiatives focused on reducing congestion, improving journey time reliability and increasing sustainable travel patterns.”

Checks will be carried out at key crossroads to ensure traffic lights are working effectively, costing around £50,000, according to engineers. This will include where the A682 meets Glen View Road, Casterton Avenue, Ringwood Avenue and Halifax Road, and the co-ordination of signals on Nelson’s Broadway.

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7:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Copperhead says...

When will these county/local council types come to realise that people only use buses because they HAVE to do so ?
Nobody travels by bus if they can avoid it - buses are irregular, inconvenient, slow and you invariably end up having to sit next to someone you would actually pay good money to avoid like a coughing pensioner who wants to talk about Blackburn Rovers or a deodarant-dodger who insists on telling you what the weather is today even though you are sitting next to a window.
NO councillors and county hall trough-hogs - people want to use a nice, warm, smooth, well-equipped and flashy motor-car. That's what people LIKE - and NOT buses.
So do your jobs please. We elect YOU - you don't elect US. We pay YOUR wages and expenses - you DON'T pay ours.
So get your fingers out and stop beating the public transport drum and make it easier and cheaper for people to travel how they WANT to travel - BY CAR.
When will these county/local council types come to realise that people only use buses because they HAVE to do so ? Nobody travels by bus if they can avoid it - buses are irregular, inconvenient, slow and you invariably end up having to sit next to someone you would actually pay good money to avoid like a coughing pensioner who wants to talk about Blackburn Rovers or a deodarant-dodger who insists on telling you what the weather is today even though you are sitting next to a window. NO councillors and county hall trough-hogs - people want to use a nice, warm, smooth, well-equipped and flashy motor-car. That's what people LIKE - and NOT buses. So do your jobs please. We elect YOU - you don't elect US. We pay YOUR wages and expenses - you DON'T pay ours. So get your fingers out and stop beating the public transport drum and make it easier and cheaper for people to travel how they WANT to travel - BY CAR. Copperhead
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11:03pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Trinitylad says...

Ok some of us use the bus from Burnley to Manchester on a regular basis and have done for years, it's a reasonable service, but how have we managed all these years without WiFi and Mova lights, ask passengers what they want and the answer will be a toilet, nothing more nothing less over an hour on a bus is painful when needing the loo !!! Just saying. !!
Ok some of us use the bus from Burnley to Manchester on a regular basis and have done for years, it's a reasonable service, but how have we managed all these years without WiFi and Mova lights, ask passengers what they want and the answer will be a toilet, nothing more nothing less over an hour on a bus is painful when needing the loo !!! Just saying. !! Trinitylad
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8:14am Sat 19 Apr 14

Copperhead says...

Trinitylad wrote:
Ok some of us use the bus from Burnley to Manchester on a regular basis and have done for years, it's a reasonable service, but how have we managed all these years without WiFi and Mova lights, ask passengers what they want and the answer will be a toilet, nothing more nothing less over an hour on a bus is painful when needing the loo !!! Just saying. !!
A toilet on buses doing such journeys is an excellent idea !
Hands up anyone who remembers the Ribble Buses " White Lady " and Standerwick " Gay Hostess " service to London in the 50s and 60s.
NB - the word "Gay" meant something very different in those days !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Trinitylad[/bold] wrote: Ok some of us use the bus from Burnley to Manchester on a regular basis and have done for years, it's a reasonable service, but how have we managed all these years without WiFi and Mova lights, ask passengers what they want and the answer will be a toilet, nothing more nothing less over an hour on a bus is painful when needing the loo !!! Just saying. !![/p][/quote]A toilet on buses doing such journeys is an excellent idea ! Hands up anyone who remembers the Ribble Buses " White Lady " and Standerwick " Gay Hostess " service to London in the 50s and 60s. NB - the word "Gay" meant something very different in those days !!!! Copperhead
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