We're making your Mainline better from Sunday 1 September


It's been a long time since we made any significant changes to Mainline. From 1 September, we'll be making some changes with the aim of improving our punctuality for you, which will include splitting the route at Burnley bus station.

Why are we making this change?

The investment of £4.4million in new buses for Mainline in 2017 was a huge success, however, with so many extra people now using our buses, and the increased congestion we're having to battle with, we need to take another look at how our buses are performing. 

How did we decide what to do?

We took a look at our realtime and bus tracking data, and undertook extensive surveys to find out how you're using Mainline. We've taken all of your comments and suggestions on board, and created a new Mainline which we think will work better for everybody.

So what's happening?

Our research found that only 3% of people were making cross-town journeys on Mainline, with the vast majority of these taking place at school time, and the majority of those making cross-town journeys were only going one stop further than the bus station.

With this in mind, we're making Mainline between Padiham and Burnley every 10 mins Monday Saturday, combined with Hotline. On Sundays, there'll still be a bus every 15 mins between Padiham and Burnley alongside Hotline.

Our frequency will stay the same between Burnley, Nelson and Colne, with a bus every 7/8 mins Monday to Saturday, and every 15 mins on Sundays.

Most buses will no longer run as cross-town routes, instead starting and finishing in Burnley - if you're wanting to travel across town, you'll need to change buses in most cases. This will help us to run a much more reliable service - and certain buses at peak times will still run across Burnley to cater for demand, like the school journeys we mentioned above.

We'll also be renumbering our Mainline network to better reflect these changes. Here's how your new Mainline network will look:

M1 Burnley to Padiham and Accrington - view the timetable here.
M2 Burnley to Padiham and Clitheroe - view the timetable here.
M3 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Trawden - view the timetable here.
M4 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Keighley - view the timetable here.
M5 Burnley to Nelson, Colne and Barnoldswick - view the timetable here.

We hope that these changes will work better for everybody, and will make your Mainline much more reliable for the future.

If you have any questions, tweet us @burnleybuses, or call our friendly team on 0345 60 40 110.