05 Apr 2019
This year marks the centenary of the Ribble Motor Services Ltd, one of the predecessors of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire. To mark the occasion Stagecoach are hosting a year of celebrations and to launch this, from Sunday 14th April, are renaming the current 2 Service to Route 100 in celebration of the 100 years.
The service, which plays a vital role within the local community and acts as the primary source of transport for more than one and a half million customers per year, will continue to take passengers between Lancaster University and Morecambe Bus Station via the same stops and at the same times, on the newly named Route 100. The option remains available to purchase a through fare and connect at Morecambe Bus Station between Route 100 and the 2X service meaning customers have flexibility in how to travel between Morecambe, Heysham and Lancaster.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, announcing the change said “We understand the importance of the bus services delivered by Stagecoach to the local community. Whether you are travelling to work, school, university, for health care, to go shopping or just to meet family and friends our services are convenient, reliable and good value. This Route has been, and will remain, a key link between Lancaster and Morecambe under the new name Route 100. It is important for us to celebrate our long standing and on-going commitment to providing safe, reliable and sustainable transport for residents and visitors and renaming this service as Route 100 is a fitting tribute to this promise. We are very much looking forward to continuing to serve our community for the next 100 years”.
One of Stagecoach's newest buses part of a £3.7million investment in 2018,
with vintage Ribble bus Leyland Atlanean number 1686 dating from 1960.
The celebrations are planned to continue, with a family fun day being held at the Stagecoach depot on the White Lund Industrial Estate Morecambe on Saturday 25th May. The day will feature a huge array of both vintage and modern buses and events such a ride through the bus wash and your name in lights on the front of a bus. The following day Sunday 26th May the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust are running a selection of vintage bus rides on between Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth to add to the festivities.
In addition from 14th April, Service 1 will operate as Service 1A for journeys that operate along Heysham Road. Journeys along Fairfield Road in Heysham will continue to operate as Service 1.