Getting bus service back is the best Christmas present says Sabden councillor

Resident Marian Mason getting on the bus. Paul McKenna, spokesman for the Save Our Service group is also pictured with borough Coun. Ricky Newmark and other Sabden residents.
Resident Marian Mason getting on the bus. Paul McKenna, spokesman for the Save Our Service group is also pictured with borough Coun. Ricky Newmark and other Sabden residents.
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Campaigners celebrated this week as they queued up for the bus they had fought to save.

Ribble Valley Borough Councillor Ricky Newmark, who was one of the first to get on the bus, said the reinstatement of the service was simply the best Christmas present the village could have hoped for.

“It’s like this present has been gift-wrapped now it’s actually happened,” said Coun. Newmark. “And it’s all down to residents and people power.”

He added that the early morning bus services were already being well used by young students who live in the village and need to get to college and university.

Coun. Newmark is now hoping a bus shelter that has been in storage since it was secured from Lancashire County Council by Ribble Valley Borough Council can be erected outside the village’s primary school. Funding its installation will be discussed at tonight’s meeting of Sabden Parish Council.

Sabden resident Marian Mason (pictured) was just one of the delighted villagers who used the service which was reinstated yesterday.

Meanwhile, another resident flew the Union Jack flag outside her home in Whalley Road to welcome the buses back, while a Littlemoor resident said he had got his life back.

Lancashire County Council reinstated the Sabden service after funding became available to extend a bus service in the Henthorn area of Clitheroe where new housing is being developed.

The previous service was scrapped in May when the county council removed the subsidy it paid for weekend and evening services to operator Transdev.

The new Service Four from Clitheroe to Peel Park will extend to Padiham, and also serve Whalley and Sabden.

The service will operate generally every two hours Monday to Saturday daytime, and incorporate the school bus service 634 for students from Sabden to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.