Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire has today announced a number of improvements to its timetables, following feedback from healthcare and other key workers.
Key workers have been encouraged to let Stagecoach know whether the revised timetables have been meeting their needs, and in response to the feedback received, the following changes will be made from Wednesday 1 April:
2: The 0714 from Barrow Town Hall is re-timed to 0709 from 0714. The 0730 from West Shore is re-timed to 0725 from 0730.
3: The 0657 from Newbarns now operates via the Shipyard at 0709. The 0630 and 0730 from Ormsgill operate via the Shipyard at 0646 & 0746.
4: Added 0633 from Ramsden Square to Roose, returning at 0644 to Tesco arriving at 0705. Will also operate via the Shipyard at 0700.
6/X6: Added a 0554 from Croftlands arriving into Barrow at 0644, via the Shipyard at 0640. The 0655 ex Windermere will now operate via the Shipyard at 0810 arriving at Barrow Town Hall 0814. The 0831 ex Croftlands will now operate via the Shipyard at 0917 arriving at Barrow Town Hall at 0921.
The 2145 & 2245 from Barrow to Ulverston and the 2231 & 2331 from Ulverston to Barrow are withdrawn.
79/179: 19.30 to Asda and return. Also services will not call at Gretna Gateway.
4: Due to low usage removed 07:15, 17:15, 18:15 and now runs every 2hrs.
6/6A: Added 07:20 Morecambe to Lancaster.
40/41: Morecambe to Preston at 05:35 will be now 05:20 and Preston to Lancaster at 21:20 will be now 21:35 then Morecambe to Galgate will be now 22:58.
80/81: Shoppers trips added on both giving around an hour and a half in Lancaster to buy groceries.
100/2X: Additional trip at 07:10 Lancaster to Morecambe on 100 and Morecambe to Heysham at 07:35 on 2X.
30/31: We will run a number of earlier buses in the morning. 0555 Maryport – Workington, 0650 Maryport – Thornhill, 0710 Frizington – Whitehaven, 0719 Whitehaven – West Cumberland Hospital, 0615 Workington – Maryport, 0745 Workington – Maryport.
50B: Additional 0705 Workington circular.
300/301: The 301 during the day becomes a 300 and serves Lillyhall as normal. Earlier morning and shift change buses added. 0532 Workington – Whitehaven, 0737 Wigton – Workington, 0812 Maryport – Workington, 1818 Workington – Whitehaven, 1832 Workington – Whitehaven, 0505 Whitehaven – Workington.
X4/X5: An additional 0719 Cockermouth – Workington is running.
Rob Jones, Managing Director of Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire said: “Buses play a vital role in providing the lifeline routes needed for key workers.
“We want to make sure that our timetables are meeting the needs of our fantastic NHS workers and all the other key workers who are working hard to fight the virus.
“We are pleased to be able to confirm some key changes to our temporary timetables based on the feedback from key workers, which will help to fill some of the gaps needed and ensure people can get to where they need to be, when they need to be.
“I’m extremely proud of the way in way our team in the Cumbria & North Lancashire is pulling together to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services. They are key workers too and I would like to thank them for their continued support and resilience in these challenging times.”
Contactless payments are being encouraged wherever possible and social distancing guidelines are being displayed on buses. In partnership with local authorities, Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is accepting the use of free concessionary travel passes before the normal 09.30 threshold to enable elderly customers to make use of dedicated shopping hours in place at many supermarkets.
Any further changes suggested to the timetable can be fed back through the dedicated form available at www.stagecoachbus.com/coronavirus.