Sunday, 30 November 2014

Council check: Cumbria County Council

Each Sunday, we take a look at a local authority's attempts to publicise the bus routes on its patch. This week, it's the turn of Cumbria County Council.

Where do the buses go?

A range of maps cover the whole county, including separate enlargements for the main towns. 5 out of 5.


Bus timetables for all routes in the county are here. 5 out of 5.


Nothing about single fares, but this page gives details of the day tickets available. Unfortunately some of the information is out of date, such as the prices of Stagecoach Dayrider tickets. Plusbus, available in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal, Whitehaven, Windermere and Workington, is mentioned. There is no multi-operator ticket, but then Stagecoach run all of the major routes anyway. 1 out of 5.


Cumbria is very geared up to welcome tourists. Maps give a good overview of which bus goes where and timetables are easy to find. A point has been deducted for the out-of-date prices given for Stagecoach tickets, but this is overall a good effort for one of the main tourist regions of the UK. Cumbria County Council scores 11 out of 15.


  1. I have also seen a helpful printed booklet for the main services.

    But what about its major reduction in funding for supported services which according to reports is isolating communities?

  2. In the latest edition of the Omnibus Magazine the section on Cumbria says the following;-
    ' Ramifications of the County Council's decision to entirely cease funding local bus services - other than its statutory provision for home to school transport for under 16's and its reimbursement to operators for accepting the ENCTS pass - are the main topic of discussion. All contracts were to have ceased by early November and whilst some have been, at least in part, replaced by commercial operations, there have been notable losses.'


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