New direct bus from Hyndburn to seaside

FREE direct trips to the seaside for a borough’s pensioners and disabled residents have been announced.

Hyndburn Council bosses were unhappy that their residents did not qualify for a free direct service.

But, following talks, the council has struck up a deal with Transdev Lancashire to run a direct service to Blackpool, Cleveleys and Fleetwood over the summer months on the Northern Blue X64 service.

The council is funding the move with £15,000 of its cash.

It will operate from the first May Bank Holiday until the August Bank Holiday.

Council Leader Peter Britcliffe, said: “We want to help all our residents enjoy an active life, and particularly the over 60s and the disabled.

“We’ve always done as much as we can to help these groups and this special bus route will allow people to get out and about in the summer and enjoy the fresh sea air and a walk along the promenade.

“Trips like these keep people active and young at heart and it gives you something to look forward to that is not going to cost the earth. We are happy to fund this scheme and we want to thank Transdev Northern Blue for their support.”

Coun Marlene Haworth, cabinet member for finance and asset management, added: “Clearly money is tight at the council and the continuing reduction in Government funding makes it more difficult all the time for us to deliver services.However this is such an excellent idea I was happy to support finding the additional money to fund this worthwhile scheme.”

John Threlfall, operations director for Transdev Lancashire said: “Traditionally people from Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and the surrounding towns have made trips to Blackpool and Fleetwood, not just to shop but to take a relaxing walk along the seafront and take the air. I know from comments our customers have made that this service will be really appreciated.”

The bus service will run daily from May 4 starting at Oswaldtwistle Thwaites Road and going via Oswadtwistle and Accrington before calling at Clayton Le Moors, Great Harwood then Rishton and heading off to the coast and calling at Blackpool and going on to Fleetwood.

The return trip will start in Fleetwood at 4.05pm and is due back to Oswaldtwistle Thwaites Road by 6.30pm.

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10:21pm Fri 24 Apr 09

Wikidi says...

Interesting maybe if it is safe after hearing the news of a lady with autism I doubt for myself.

Not being girlish but a little sceptical.
Interesting maybe if it is safe after hearing the news of a lady with autism I doubt for myself. Not being girlish but a little sceptical. Wikidi
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8:39am Sat 25 Apr 09

samspence says...

GOOD ON THEM.IS THERE A SCHEME FOR BLACKBURN?
GOOD ON THEM.IS THERE A SCHEME FOR BLACKBURN? samspence
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9:20am Sat 25 Apr 09

Old Timer says...

Some will already be sun tanned from their Winter's holidays in Spain and this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain.
Some will already be sun tanned from their Winter's holidays in Spain and this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain. Old Timer
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1:18pm Sat 25 Apr 09

pip-pip says...

"this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain."
After voting the correct way in the June LCC Elections!!!
"this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain." After voting the correct way in the June LCC Elections!!! pip-pip
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3:30pm Sat 25 Apr 09

ossy says...

Old Timer wrote:
Some will already be sun tanned from their Winter's holidays in Spain and this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain.
Not all pensioners can afford a trip to Spain, and those that can't can have a free ride to blackpool and back, well deserved as they have probably have worked all their lives and are struggling on state pension.
[quote][p][bold]Old Timer[/bold] wrote: Some will already be sun tanned from their Winter's holidays in Spain and this kindness by the council will keep them looking good when they return back to Spain.[/p][/quote]Not all pensioners can afford a trip to Spain, and those that can't can have a free ride to blackpool and back, well deserved as they have probably have worked all their lives and are struggling on state pension. ossy
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4:06pm Sat 25 Apr 09

Old Timer says...

Ossy,
Pensioners have never been better off. This government in it's need to catch voters have certainly looked after pensioners since 1997 and clawed back money only from those who have saved for a rainy day. The majority of pensioners who worked hard all their lives have long gone. Since 1997 Labour has made life worth living for the elderly and the travel companies provided many with cheap holidays in Spain, much cheaper than staying part of Winter in this country.
Ossy, Pensioners have never been better off. This government in it's need to catch voters have certainly looked after pensioners since 1997 and clawed back money only from those who have saved for a rainy day. The majority of pensioners who worked hard all their lives have long gone. Since 1997 Labour has made life worth living for the elderly and the travel companies provided many with cheap holidays in Spain, much cheaper than staying part of Winter in this country. Old Timer
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9:26pm Sat 25 Apr 09

ossy says...

Old Timer wrote:
Ossy,
Pensioners have never been better off. This government in it's need to catch voters have certainly looked after pensioners since 1997 and clawed back money only from those who have saved for a rainy day. The majority of pensioners who worked hard all their lives have long gone. Since 1997 Labour has made life worth living for the elderly and the travel companies provided many with cheap holidays in Spain, much cheaper than staying part of Winter in this country.
I presume you are one of those that have saved for a rainy day and unfortunately due to the present economic climate are finding it hard to live. Well so are thousands of pensioners who HAVE worked hard all their lives and through no fault of their own have to rely on state pension.
[quote][p][bold]Old Timer[/bold] wrote: Ossy, Pensioners have never been better off. This government in it's need to catch voters have certainly looked after pensioners since 1997 and clawed back money only from those who have saved for a rainy day. The majority of pensioners who worked hard all their lives have long gone. Since 1997 Labour has made life worth living for the elderly and the travel companies provided many with cheap holidays in Spain, much cheaper than staying part of Winter in this country. [/p][/quote]I presume you are one of those that have saved for a rainy day and unfortunately due to the present economic climate are finding it hard to live. Well so are thousands of pensioners who HAVE worked hard all their lives and through no fault of their own have to rely on state pension. ossy
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9:59pm Sat 25 Apr 09

Old Timer says...

Ossy,
What is working hard?
Maybe you have never seen inside a moulding shop in a foundry, that's what I call hard working.
Or have you really looked at the allowances this generous Labour Government have given to "hard up" pensioners?
If you call being thrifty not going to the pub every weekend or smoking packets of fags, or not having a holiday for fifteen years and now living off a state pension, you are spot on. Don't be kidded by all this patter about poor pensioners, we've had our day and it's the younger generations who have known plenty who are now suffering not we winging pensioners. Present day pensioners will have lived through far better times than our younger British generation with their future of political instability lasting the rest of their lives. We thought unemployment and the last war was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Ossy, What is working hard? Maybe you have never seen inside a moulding shop in a foundry, that's what I call hard working. Or have you really looked at the allowances this generous Labour Government have given to "hard up" pensioners? If you call being thrifty not going to the pub every weekend or smoking packets of fags, or not having a holiday for fifteen years and now living off a state pension, you are spot on. Don't be kidded by all this patter about poor pensioners, we've had our day and it's the younger generations who have known plenty who are now suffering not we winging pensioners. Present day pensioners will have lived through far better times than our younger British generation with their future of political instability lasting the rest of their lives. We thought unemployment and the last war was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet. Old Timer
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12:46pm Sun 26 Apr 09

ossy says...

I do know what working hard is, getting up with a baby at 5.30am, taking her to the childminders, then doing a full days work in the mill, then returning 1/2 mile to pick her up.
I am now on state pension and find it hard to make ends meet, and no I don't smoke or go to the pub or have holidays abroad.I never managed to save a nest egg as wages were poor.
I do know what working hard is, getting up with a baby at 5.30am, taking her to the childminders, then doing a full days work in the mill, then returning 1/2 mile to pick her up. I am now on state pension and find it hard to make ends meet, and no I don't smoke or go to the pub or have holidays abroad.I never managed to save a nest egg as wages were poor. ossy
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12:46pm Sun 26 Apr 09

ossy says...

Old Timer wrote:
Ossy,
What is working hard?
Maybe you have never seen inside a moulding shop in a foundry, that's what I call hard working.
Or have you really looked at the allowances this generous Labour Government have given to "hard up" pensioners?
If you call being thrifty not going to the pub every weekend or smoking packets of fags, or not having a holiday for fifteen years and now living off a state pension, you are spot on. Don't be kidded by all this patter about poor pensioners, we've had our day and it's the younger generations who have known plenty who are now suffering not we winging pensioners. Present day pensioners will have lived through far better times than our younger British generation with their future of political instability lasting the rest of their lives. We thought unemployment and the last war was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet.

I do know what working hard is, getting up with a baby at 5.30am, taking her to the childminders, then doing a full days work in the mill, then returning 1/2 mile to pick her up.
I am now on state pension and find it hard to make ends meet, and no I don't smoke or go to the pub or have holidays abroad.I never managed to save a nest egg as wages were poor.
[quote][p][bold]Old Timer[/bold] wrote: Ossy, What is working hard? Maybe you have never seen inside a moulding shop in a foundry, that's what I call hard working. Or have you really looked at the allowances this generous Labour Government have given to "hard up" pensioners? If you call being thrifty not going to the pub every weekend or smoking packets of fags, or not having a holiday for fifteen years and now living off a state pension, you are spot on. Don't be kidded by all this patter about poor pensioners, we've had our day and it's the younger generations who have known plenty who are now suffering not we winging pensioners. Present day pensioners will have lived through far better times than our younger British generation with their future of political instability lasting the rest of their lives. We thought unemployment and the last war was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet. [/p][/quote]I do know what working hard is, getting up with a baby at 5.30am, taking her to the childminders, then doing a full days work in the mill, then returning 1/2 mile to pick her up. I am now on state pension and find it hard to make ends meet, and no I don't smoke or go to the pub or have holidays abroad.I never managed to save a nest egg as wages were poor. ossy
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1:52pm Mon 27 Apr 09

pocketdragon says...

Old Timer i agree with you.

The majority of pensioners ARE loaded, they have moe money than most. They dont have rent or morgages to pay, they dont even have to pay full energy bills. Everything is offered to them free or at 75% discounts. They only have to support themselves.

How can they tell me that they live on next to nothing when the least ive known a pensioner to live off is 260 per week???
Old Timer i agree with you. The majority of pensioners ARE loaded, they have moe money than most. They dont have rent or morgages to pay, they dont even have to pay full energy bills. Everything is offered to them free or at 75% discounts. They only have to support themselves. How can they tell me that they live on next to nothing when the least ive known a pensioner to live off is 260 per week??? pocketdragon
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