Government funding provides extra St Helens to Ormskirk bus service for Edge Hill University students (From St Helens Star)
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Government funding provides extra St Helens to Ormskirk bus service for Edge Hill University students
5:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
UNIVERSITY students are benefiting from a new bus service which has received funding from the Government.
South Lancs Travel is providing an additional 319 service that leaves St Helens Bus Station at 8am – and gets students to Edge Hill University, Ormskirk in time for 9am lectures.
Currently a bus leaves St Helens at 7.20am - often too early for many - and the next one is at 9.45am.
An extra return journey will be available from the college at 3.53pm.
The university, which continues to undergo expansion, is often attractive to St Helens-based undergraduates who choose to commute from home.
However, there is no direct train line from St Helens to Ormskirk, limiting the public transport options for students who do not drive or own cars.
St Helens Council and Merseytravel has worked in partnership on the scheme, funded by the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). It is hoped that the additional services will enable more students and staff to access the university more easily by public transport.
Councillor Richard McCauley said: “These new services should make life a lot easier for Edge Hill students living in the borough.
“The funding runs until summer 2015, by which time it is hoped that the service will be commercially viable due to increased passenger figures.”
After leaving St Helens bus station buses will stop at Windle Island; Rainford Eagle and Child pub; Rainford Wheatsheaf Island; Four Lane Ends; Edge Hill University and Ormskirk bus station.
The additional services will run from Monday to Friday, 45 weeks a year, to fit in with college term times.
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