Historic name returns as Ribble Country launches

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Celebrating the launch of the new bus network serving the Ribble Valley are, from left, drivers Chris Corey, Steve Beharrell and Curtis Payne; Transdev CEO Alex Hornby; and Lancashire County Council Public Transport Manager Andrew Varley. TRANSDEV

Transdev is using a fleet of new Mellor Strata Ultras to launch its new network in the Ribble Valley

Transdev has brought back the familiar Ribble name, launching its new Ribble Country-branded services across the Ribble Valley area with a fleet of 18 new buses operating on a revamped network. The new services are being delivered in partnership with Lancashire County Council. Transdev said the routes will offer more frequent buses, with many increased to run seven days a week.

The new buses have been built by local Rochdale-based manufacturer Mellor as part of a £2.4 million investment by the firm in its Lancashire network. The buses will carry the Ribble Country brand name, reflecting the heritage of well-known Lancashire operator Ribble, dating back 102 years to the formation of the Ribble Motor Services company, whose red buses once served the North West from Liverpool to Carlisle.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “As part of our new multi-year partnership with Lancashire County Council, we’re delighted to launch our new Ribble Country network, which will transform bus services right across the Ribble Valley and support the area’s economy as we follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

“A key benefit of Ribble Country being part of our Transdev family is better and simpler ticketing. It means our customers will be able to make easy connections between our Ribble Country network and our other existing bus routes for onward travel across Lancashire and into Greater Manchester, all on one ticket – making travel easier and better value for money.

“As always, every one of our buses is clean, safe and ready to go, and we will continue to maintain the highest standards as we know it’s a vitally important way to make sure everyone returning to bus travel can enjoy doing so with confidence.

“We know our customers old and new are going to love their amazing new Ribble Country buses, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone on board.”

Andrew Varley, Lancashire County Council Public Transport Manager, added: “The Ribble Country-branded services represent a real improvement to the bus network in this area, particularly for many rural communities and towns which will see more frequent, reliable buses and new weekend services in some areas.

“This will help to ensure more passengers have the chance to access education and employment opportunities and reach essential services.

“Working with Transdev, our aim is to provide good transport links, especially in rural areas where many people rely on bus services. These new buses are accessible, comfortable and convenient, and I hope people will make good use of them and give them a try as we build back patronage on all our supported services.”