Blackpool Transport states that these changes are ‘a better alternative than the current situation that is resulting in a number of cancelled journeys’
Changes are being made to a number of Blackpool bus services indefinitely due a shortage of bus drivers.
Yesterday (September 16), Blackpool Transport announced it has had to make the adjustments as a result of the county experiencing a shortage of drivers with vacancy rates of up to 20%.
A Blackpool Transport spokesperson said: At the moment we have a shortage of bus drivers, which means we are unable to provide the frequency of services we would like to. This is because the logistics and transport industry across the UK is experiencing a shortage of drivers and has driver vacancy rates of up to 20%.
“From Sunday 19 September, there will be some changes to our bus timetables. Many of our services will not change but we need to make some adjustments due to the challenges we are facing.
“These changes mean that we should be able to run a reliable transport network for you, which is a better alternative than the current situation that is resulting in a number of cancelled journeys.
“We have summarised the bus services which will run differently below. Any bus services not listed will not change and our trams will continue to run to their current timetable.”
Please see below bus services with changes below.
Any route not listed is unaffected for now.
Timetable changes from Sunday, September 19:
Service number 1 will see a slight tweak to its timetable but will run to the same frequency as now.
Service number 5 will see a change in frequency and run up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday and every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
Service number 6 will continue to run up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday and from 19 September, up to 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
Service number 7 will see a timetable change meaning it will run up to every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday.
Service number 9 will change, running up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday and every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
Service number 11 will continue to run up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday and will begin running every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
Service number 14 will begin to run every 15 minutes Monday to Friday and has a slight change to its Saturday timetable. Service 14 will run every 20 minutes on Sundays.
To find out more information, please visit Blackpool Transport Website here.