More punctual journeys promised as new service launches


Growing levels of traffic congestion impacting on the reliability of its Witchway-branded route between Skipton and central Manchester have led Transdev Blazefield to split the service.

The move sees the portion between Skipton and Burnley relaunched as the Pendle Wizz, with connections available at Burnley Bus Station for passengers continuing through to Manchester on the Witchway.

As a result of lockdown restrictions, Transdev Blazefield launched the new brand with a special virtual event on social media. Using the hashtag #LockdownLaunch, the launch featured images of the Pendle Wizz buses in their bold new livery at key landmarks along the route.

“We planned our new Pendle Wizz service to stay out of the unpredictable traffic congestion in Manchester which affected the reliability of the Witchway, especially before the lockdown – meaning that our local customers along the new Pendle Wizz route can look forward to a more reliable service, seven days a week,” said Alex Hornby, Transdev Blazefield’s chief executive.

“As more people return to work and traffic levels increase, it’s vitally important that we take every opportunity to make sure our buses continue to be as reliable as they can be. Our customers tell us that an on-time service is the most important requirement – with the new Pendle Wizz product, we are delivering on that requirement.”

Hornby added that Pendle Wizz continues to use the M65 motorway in order to ensure journey times are minimised and the same team of drivers from the operator’s Burnley depot remain in place.

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