Mainline offers high-frequency services along the main route between Colne and Padiham, with links to other towns in Pennine Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

Our smart, high quality service runs up to every 7-8 minutes between Colne and Padiham. The route extends east and west to serve Accrington, Clitheroe, Barnoldswick, Skipton and Keighley.

Buses show a range of numbers between 21 and 29, the number being determined by the final destination of the bus.

All Mainline buses are easy-access types with a step-free entrance. There are dedicated places for buggies and wheelchair users. All passengers can enjoy a comfortable journey with bright modern interiors and part leather seats new in 2009, when over half of the vehicles in the fleet were also replaced.

Main Lion mascot is a roaring success...

He's big, he's furry and he's become the new face of Mainline. Our superhero Main Lion mascot is already proving a huge success with young customers as he helps to promote Mainline services among local people.

Keep a look out for Main Lion as he continues to support promotional events in the months to come!

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Christmas 2015 What's On Guide

18th November 15


Reach the festive heart of the city on the X43 Witch Way from Burnley or the X41 Lancashire Way from Blackburn and Accrington. Get off on Deansgate and everything is within easy walking distance.  We've produced a handy guide to attractions along the Witch Way route that you can download here, but below are some highlights taking place in Manchester over the Christmas period.