A bus route linking Chorley and Buckshaw Village has been saved after a commercially operated service was axed.

Lancashire County Council will subsidise the new number 14 service which will begin on Monday, July 23, in place of the current number 10 service which is operated by Stagecoach and considered by the firm not to be commercially viable.

The county council is subsidising the number 14 as a 12-month trial in recognition that the link between Chorley Interchange and Buckshaw Village is vital for local people to access work and leisure.

The service will be operated by RS Tyrer of Adlington.

It will run every 30 minutes at peak times, 6.30am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm and approximately every hour off-peak.

The number 14 operate along Old Worden Avenue and Central Avenue, including Buckshaw Parkway, in Buckshaw Village.

But, unlike the number 10, it will route via the A6 and Buckshaw Avenue instead of Euxton to avoid duplication with the existing 109 bus, and provide new opportunities for people to access Buckshaw's employment areas.

County Councillor Mark Perks, who represents North Chorley and Buckshaw Village, said: "I'm very pleased the county council has acted quickly and decisively to provide a replacement.

“Many people in this area need to be able to access Buckshaw Parkway to get trains to Manchester and Preston and this bus service will maintain that vital public transport link.

“This is a developing area and with increasing employment opportunities and it's very important that we provide good alternatives to the car as it continues to grow.

"But it's important people realise we're operating this as a 12-month trial and they need to use the service or risk losing it.”