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…