Train Ticket Deal to Help Strike-hit Rail Customers

Train Ticket Deal to Help Strike-hit Rail Customers
Pictured in Burnley town centre is this Transdev Mainline branded Optare Versa V1170. Tom Harrison

The Blackburn Bus Company, Rosso and The Burnley Bus Company – all part of North of England bus firm Transdev – are offering those with a valid train ticket for the next two Saturdays the chance to make any journey on their buses for just £2.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union working for Northern Railway have been taking strike action on selected dates in their long-running dispute over the role of train guards – and with no end to the disruption in sight, the bus companies are stepping in to ensure people in the Red Rose County can still get from A to B.

The deal will be on offer this Saturday (3rd November 2018) and also next Saturday, to anyone with a valid train ticket for travel on those dates – and it’s available for travel on any of the three companies’ bus routes within Lancashire, and additionally into Greater Manchester on the full route of Rosso’s 464, 481, 482 and 483 services.

On the previous strike affected Saturdays, up to seven out of ten of Northern’s train services have been cancelled, with no service at all running after early evening. Many Lancashire events and attractions have been affected by the dispute, and Transdev says its offer is aimed at supporting the region’s economy as well as attracting more people to sample its buses.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “Many of those who travel regularly with us across the North have already switched to us from the train. They tell us our frequent and friendly buses, high quality and great value for money are the reasons why.

“We know many rail customers are frustrated by the continued disruption to their train journeys, and so we’re ready to come to the rescue with this low-cost alternative for the next two Saturdays.

“While no-one welcomes industrial action, naturally we hope people who try our buses for the first time using this offer will choose to stay on board with us.”

Full details of all of The Blackburn Bus Company and The Burnley Bus Company’s services are available online at while Rosso Buses information is online at Timetables for all three companies’ services plus live bus tracking showing when the next bus will arrive can also be accessed instantly via the free-to-download ‘Transdev Go’ mobile app.

Tom Harrison

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