'Get back on the buses': Community travel firm unveil new look buses

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry helped to unveil the new buses <i>(Image: LT)</i>
Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry helped to unveil the new buses (Image: LT)

A Darwen not-for-profit social enterprise have unveiled their new look buses.

Travel Assist was established in 2010 as a specialist company to provide supported transport primarily for elderly and disabled people.

Every year they transport more than 70,000 people with limited mobility throughout Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the South Lakes and as far as Carlisle.

Operations Manager at Travel Assist, Tom Holden, said: “We have operated bus services in Darwen since 2017.

“Our new look is to show that Travel Local is everyone’s bus service.”

Travel Assist have been transporting Darreners up and down the hills to and from the local shops, health centres and linking people to other bus and train services for years.

The team are now campaigning to encourage Darwen residents to leave their cars at home and get back onto buses.

Tom added: “We want to tell young mums, dads and children that they can travel on our buses too.

“Travel Local is your bus, my bus and everybody’s bus.

“This is a great way of improving your carbon footprint. Travel Local and support local shops and businesses."