Pennine Reach rapid bus transport scheme


Pennine Reach is a rapid bus transport scheme aimed at improving public transport along the Accrington - Blackburn - Darwen corridors, linking in with the strategic east-west and north-south railway lines.

The project is a major transport scheme funding bid to the Department for Transport jointly led by the two local highway authorities: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

The aims of the project are to:

  • reduce congestion on the road network
  • reduce bus journey times and improve the reliability of bus services.
  • improve public transport provision to key strategic employment sites
  • support the regeneration of Pennine Lancashire's towns.

Through a mix of physical engineering, new technology, high quality buses and improved routes, timetables and ticket choices, the scheme is designed to make public transport more attractive and a real alternative to the private car.

The Pennine Reach scheme will deliver benefits for public transport and its users but there will also be benefits for:

  • pedestrians
  • cyclists
  • general traffic

Pennine Reach is more than just a transport scheme; it will help to improve the quality of life for the people of Blackburn with Darwen by making it easier for people to travel to employment sites, educational establishments, health services, leisure facilities, shopping areas, town centres and much more. 

The scheme will help support the future regeneration of Pennine Lancashire by opening up areas of land for redevelopment and investment and providing greater accessibility to key employment sites.

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