JIM DAVIES relates the story of how a bus user group’s volunteers have stepped in to provide Lancaster with its first all-operator network map for years and also remove a cause of confusion

Lancaster is not untypical of towns of its size in that most bus services are provided by one operator, in this case Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, supplemented by secondtier services run by another company, making it difficult for passengers to gain an overall view of the city network.

Lancashire County Council previously helped, publishing timetable leaflets and a network map and even providing an enquiry office at the bus station. But the county’s publicity operation has been reduced drastically in recent years. Maps ceased some time ago, timetables are only provided for contracted services and the only enquiry facility in the bus station is now Stagecoach’s travel shop, which like many others provided by operators refuses to recognise the existence of other services, even where these do not compete.

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