Pennine Reach is a £40m major transport scheme which is aimed at improving the local bus network along the Accrington - Blackburn - Darwen corridor and linking in with the east-west and north-south railway lines.
The project which is funded by the Department for Transport is being jointly led by the two local highway authorities: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Lancashire County Council .
The aims of the project are to:
- Reduce congestion on the road network
- Reduce bus journey times and improve the reliability of bus services.
- Improve public transport provision to key strategic employment sites
- Support the regeneration of Pennine Lancashire's towns.
Through a mix of highway improvements, new technology and high quality buses operating along improved routes with greater ticketing choices, the scheme is designed to make public transport more attractive and a real alternative to the private car.
Principally, the Pennine Reach scheme will deliver benefits for public transport and its users but there will also be benefits for:
- General traffic
But Pennine Reach is more than just a transport scheme. It will help to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn by making it easier for people to commute to work, schools and colleges access health leisure and retail facilities, as well as town centres and much more.
The scheme will also help support the future regeneration of Pennine Lancashire by opening up areas of land for redevelopment and investment helping to transform our local area.