COMMUTERS concerned about the proposed scrapping of the 113 service through Chorley and Leyland can now sign an online petition to voice their views against the plan.

Lancashire County Council have posted a link on their website to give their views on the plan.

Meanwhile, the leader of Chorley Council is calling for better coordination of public transport across the county just days after another bus service in the borough was axed.

The plea comes amid months of chaos on the trains and a reduction in bus routes over the last couple of years that risks leaving people in villages stranded unless they have a car.

Chorley Council already puts more than £100,000 into keeping vital routes in the borough running and the Leader is calling on organisations to work better together to come up with ways to make public transport work better.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “If we don’t get a grip of the public transport system in Lancashire sooner rather than later it won’t be long before buses become a thing of the past.

“Rather than cutting back on services the operators and transport authority need to be looking at how we can get people back on public transport, buses in particular, to see how we can make it more sustainable.

“The problem we have is that if routes become less profitable for the operator they will look to reduce them, and as services are reduced, travel by bus becomes less appealing to the general public, and so less people use them and it becomes a vicious circle of decline.

“Our residents rely on a good public transport system to get them to work, get them to college and to get them to important appointments and at the moment they are being failed.”

The loss of the 113 service comes on the back of cuts to services across the county with this service linking Preston to Wigan through villages such as Croston, Eccleston and Ulnes Walton.

Chorley Council has put thousands of pounds into keeping services in the rural areas up and running but a more sustainable solution needs to be found.

“If you look at some of the city region areas such as Liverpool they are seeing investment in bus services, which is helping to keep people on the move,” said Councillor Bradley.

“As a district council with no responsibility for transport and no funding it becomes difficult to make any meaningful progress and in effect we are just putting a sticking plaster over a much wider problem – this is why I have been pushing for the Lancashire Combined Authority to come to fruition because I think it will help us to deal with issues like this across the county.

“The 113 service cuts across several districts so it needs everyone to get together to see what can be done to provide a service that works for residents but one that can also be sustainable in the longer term.”

The Chorley Citizen reported about Kim Snape calling for operators Stagecoach to rethink the plans to stop running it

You can find the link for the e-petition here.