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• Competition will be hotting up in Burnley next month, when municipally-owned Burnley and Pendle begins to collaborate with one of its competitors, while another operator launches an attack on its local routes.
Preston-based Ribble Motor Services is to close its Burnley garage: its 40 buses will be reallocated mainly to Blackburn and Clitheroe, but 12 will remain in the town and be garaged at the Burnley and Pendle depot. B&P will provide washing, fuelling and cleaning facilities, while engineering work will be handled at the Ribble Blackburn depot.
Simultaneously, Blackburn Transport, the town's municip al bus company, will launch a commercial attack on some of B&P's urban routes.
Blackburn has won seven vehicles' worth of school journeys from the county council, and will also service two routes from Blackburn to Harle Syke, and Padiham to Harle Syke. These will join Blackburn's existing service to Burnley to give five buses an hour from Padiham to Burnley and three an hour from Burnley to Harle Syke.