The ‘Rivington Rambler’ bus is running again this summer, offering an easy way of getting to Rivington Country Park. It will run every Sunday and bank holiday (including Platinum Jubilee) through to Sunday October 23rd.
This year the bus will provide a direct link from the train at Horwich Parkway and will run via Horwich Town Centre and Lever Park Avenue via Rivington Lane and back via Horrobin Lane.
The bus, operated by Diamond Bus North-West, will provide a convenient connection at Horwich Parkway from the train, from 10.35 then at xx.35 each hour to 16.35, and connect with trains back to Bolton and Manchester at 11.45 and xx.45 past each hour to 17.45.
The bus will stop on request, where it is safe to do so in Rivington – and use normal bus stops in Horwich, including The Beehive, Victoria Road, Leisure Centre, Sainsbury’s and The Crown (Stand B on Lee Lane).
All normal concessions will be valid on the bus. The service is being funded by Northern Trains, CrossCountry Trains and Transport for Greater Manchester. It is supported by Horwich Town Council and Community Rail Network.
A special preview of the new service operated on Friday May 20th, with guests from Bolton MBC, Horwich Town Council and Anderton Parish Council (photos can be sent on request)
Paul Salveson, chair of the South-East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership which is promoting the service, said: “We’re delighted to be able to run the Rivington Rambler once again, this time with even better links to the train. It will also offer a connection from the train at Horwich Parkway to Horwich town centre.”
Chris Jackson, Regional Director for Northern Trains, said: “We are confident that the service will encourage our customers to get out and about to explore all the fantastic activities which are available in the West Pennines area.”
John Robson, CrossCountry Regional Director, West Midlands and North West said, “We are proud to be supporting South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership again this year with funding towards their Rivington bus project. It’s important to give passengers a sustainable option via public transport so as the domestic car isn’t the first option when travelling. This initiative stood out as it brings both bus and rail together in a collaborative way promoting leisure locally.”
Bob Dunn, Managing Director of Rotala plc said: ”I am delighted that Diamond Bus will be working with the South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership to provide a special service once again to the beautiful area of Rivington.”