If You Build It, They Might Not Come!

Certainly not if it’s going to bankrupt them:

A new £6.4million bus station could become a ‘white elephant’ after operators threatened to boycott it.

Two independent companies have said that unless the price of using the Accrington complex is reduced they would avoid it and use nearby passenger stops instead.

Heh! *settles in with big bag of popcorn*

The bus station, due to open in May, is a key part of the £40 million Pennine Reach scheme to speed bus journeys between Hyndburn, Blackburn and Darwen.

Built with £40 million of taxpayer cash that they want to reclaim by making taxpayers pay yet again (because companies that accept this will put up fares to accommodate it).

Alan Pilkington, owner of Accrington-based Pilkington Bus … said: “This new bus station could become a white elephant with no bus services at all.

“We have been lucky enough to pay no operation charges in Accrington for a while but I have seen a county council document proposing a £1.50 per journey charge.

“I operate six services, three of which already run at a loss, and I just can’t afford to pay £48,000 a year to use the new Accrington bus station.

“With the county proposing to scrap subsidies for loss-making and weekend services, it is a double hit.”

Bus travel is being hit from all sides in rural areas, it seems. So reliance on cars is unlikely to go away any time soon. No doubt the Greens will be distraught…

8 comments for “If You Build It, They Might Not Come!

  1. The Jannie
    February 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

    No doubt the Greens will be distraught…

    Don’t encourage them – they may not have done the difficult sums yet.

    • ivan
      February 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Are they even capable of doing difficult sums?

      After all science and maths doesn’t appear to be their strong points.

  2. Bucko
    February 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Very few people in the area of the Pennine Reach scheme actually want the Pennine Reach scheme. Folk have been protesting it for years but the councils are determined to complete it.
    Each completed stage is more bollocks than the last. A new traffic light junction in Darwen caused huge traffic delays for example.
    It’s a total unwanted waste of cash that we’re being forced to have.

  3. February 28, 2016 at 3:40 am

    The sums are settled. !

  4. Errol
    February 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

    If the council so urgently needs to save money, it should start by cutting the salaries of trougher councillors by 25%. That’d immediately save them over £100,000.

    After all, they’re not providing anywhere near the value of these inflated salaries, so why should we pay them?

  5. Mudplugger
    February 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    They obviously never thought to get all the bus operators to sign-up to usage contracts before blowing £40m on it – yet we still pay them.

    In another area not too far away in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ [sic], Bradford Council allowed its prime city centre to be demolished without legally signing-up any users for its proposed new shopping mall, at many times the cost of that mere bus-station. There was a massive, vacant, hole in the ground for more than 10 years, delivering no tax-revenues, only filled eventually after vast amounts of under-the-counter inducements.
    And Bradford Council has 90 overpaid councillors – that’s not far short of the 100 Senators it takes to run the whole of the USA. You couldn’t make it up.

    • Mazz
      February 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

      That’s Socialism for you, they love to spend other people’s money and throw it away on their fanciful schemes!

    • Rossa
      February 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Not just that they squandered £30m on the ‘lake’ in the centre. It was a pure vanity project for Kris Hopkins, now MP in Keighley. Came at the same time as the Council agreed that they had to cut local services, like libraries, by…..£30m!

      I was helping a contractor on another project at the time the decision was taken to go ahead with the ‘lake’. I attended a so called budget meeting. The estimates for the work were twice the allocated budget. No discussion, just pay it was the ‘decision’. It was another project Kris Hopkins supported. As leader of the Council he seemed to think he could spend what he liked as long as he got good media coverage.

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