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We've made your Mainline even better

3 months ago Tue 30th Jul 2019

Your Mainline is now even better and more reliable than ever before.

It’s been a long time since we made any significant changes to Mainline. From 1 September, we've made some changes with the aim of improving our punctuality for you, which includes splitting the route at Burnley bus station.

Why have we made this change?

The investment of £4.4million in new buses for Mainline in 2017 was a huge success, however, with so many extra people now using our buses, and the increased congestion we're having to battle with, we needed to take another look at how our buses are performing. 

How did we decide what to do?

We took a look at our realtime and bus tracking data, and undertook extensive surveys to find out how you're using Mainline. We've taken all of your comments and suggestions on board, and created a new Mainline which we think will work better for everybody.

So what's happening?

Our research found that only 3% of people were making cross-town journeys on Mainline, with the vast majority of these taking place at school time, and the majority of those making cross-town journeys were only going one stop further than the bus station.

With this in mind, we've made Mainline between Padiham and Burnley every 10 mins Monday Saturday, combined with Hotline. On Sundays, there'll still be a bus every 15 mins between Padiham and Burnley alongside Hotline.

Our frequency will stay the same between Burnley, Nelson and Colne, with a bus every 7/8 mins Monday to Saturday, and every 15 mins on Sundays.

Most buses will no longer run as cross-town routes, instead starting and finishing in Burnley - if you're wanting to travel across town, you'll need to change buses in most cases. This will help us to run a much more reliable service - and certain buses at peak times will still run across Burnley to cater for demand, like the school journeys we mentioned above.

Which buses will still run through Burnley?

There's a number of early morning and evening trips which still run cross-town, so you don't need to change buses. They are as follows:

Towards Padiham Monday to Friday
0457 M5 Colne - Burnley & Padiham
0557 M5 Colne - Burnley & Padiham
0640 M5 Barnoldswick - Burnley & Padiham
0650 M4 Keighley - Burnley & Padiham
0710 M3 Trawden - Burnley & Padiham
0710 M5 Barnoldswick - Burnley & Padiham
0715 M5 Colne - Burnley & Padiham
1420 M5 Barnoldswick - Burnley & Padiham
1420 M4 Keighley - Burnley & Padiham
1445  M3 Trawden - Burnley  Padiham
1730 M5 Colne - Burnley & Padiham
1912 M5 Barnoldswick - Burnley & Padiham
2213  M4 Keighley - Burnley & Padiham


Towards Colne Monday to Friday
0505 M2 Slade Lane - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0653 M2 Clitheroe - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0708 M3 Hapton - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0713 M3 Accrington - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0723 M2 Clitheroe - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0736 M2 Padiham - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
0752 M3 - Hapton - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
1433 M2 Clitheroe - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
1448 M3 Accrington - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
1457 M2 Clitheroe - Burnley, Nelson & Colne
2210 M2 Clitheroe - Burnley, Nelson & Colne

We've also renumbered our Mainline network to better reflect these changes. Here’s how your new Mainline network now looks:

Mainline network

M1 Burnley to Padiham and Accrington
M2 Burnley to Padiham and Clitheroe
M3 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Trawden
M4 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Keighley
M5 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick

We hope that these changes will work better for everybody, and will make your Mainline much more reliable for the future.

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