At the beginning of October, I heard that Rossendale Transport were to change the 273 Bus Route that currently operates hourly on Monday to Saturday daytime and every two hours Sunday daytime between Ramsbottom and Bolton. The service has been operating for many years.
On 2 October, I therefore lobbied Bury’s representative on the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee to see what could be done to save the service.
Most of the route is operated commercially but is partially subsidised by Lancashire County Council (LCC) Mondays to Saturdays and subsidised jointly with Transport for Greater Manchester on Sundays only.
Rossendale Transport decided to withdraw the majority of the journeys on service 273 with effect from 26th October 2014 with the exception of the following :
- From Rawtenstall : Monday to Friday 0715 & Saturday 0810
- From Bolton : Monday to Saturday 1718 & 1818
Lancashire County Council are partially replacing the service between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall from Monday to Saturday with service 13 operated by Boomerang Travel.
Alternative journeys between Bolton and Ramsbottom are available but would require passengers to travel via and change at Bury Interchange.
The 273 service received subsidies from Lancashire County Council who, I understand were unable to agree the level of increase in subsidy required to maintain the Monday to Saturday service.
TfGM in agreement with Lancashire County Council have agreed to withdraw the Sunday service as it would no longer have a Monday to Saturday equivalent from the same date.
Due to ongoing budgetary pressures, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is unable to replace withdrawn services when there are alternatives journeys available for the majority of passengers, albeit requiring changing services to complete journeys.