A special summer bus service is set to start up again, connecting people in Bolton with one of the region’s most beloved beauty spots.

The Rivington Rambler will take passengers to Rivington Reservoir over the summer months on Sundays and bank holidays right up until the end of October.

The service will be run by Diamond, is being promoted by South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership and is funded by Northern Rail, Cross Country and Transport for Greater Manchester.

It will run every Sunday and bank holiday (including Platinum Jubilee) through to October 23rd.

This year the bus will provide a direct link from the train at Horwich Parkway and will run via Horwich Town Centre and Lever Park Avenue via Rivington Lane and back via Horrobin Lane.

The Bolton News:

The bus, operated by Diamond Bus North-West, will provide a convenient connection at Horwich Parkway from the train, from 10.35 then at .35 each hour to 16.35, and connect with trains back to Bolton and Manchester at  11.45am and .45 past each hour to 5.45pm.

The bus will stop on request, where it is safe to do so in Rivington - and use normal bus stops in Horwich, including The Beehive, Victoria Road, Leisure Centre, Sainsbury’s and The Crown (Stand B on Lee Lane).

All normal concessions will be valid on the bus.

A special preview of the new service operated on Friday May 20th, with guests from Bolton Council, Horwich Town Council and Anderton Parish Council.

Paul Salveson, chairman of the South-East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership which is promoting the service, said: “We’re delighted to be able to run the Rivington Rambler once again, this time with even better links to the train. It will also offer a connection from the train at Horwich Parkway to Horwich town centre.”

Chris Jackson, Regional Director for Northern Trains, said: “We are confident that the service will encourage our customers to get out and about to explore all the fantastic activities which are available in the West Pennines area.”

The Bolton News:

John Robson, CrossCountry Regional Director, West Midlands and North West said, “We are proud to be supporting South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership again this year with funding towards their Rivington bus project. It’s important to give passengers a sustainable option via public transport so as the domestic car isn’t the first option when travelling. This initiative stood out as it brings both bus and rail together in a collaborative way promoting leisure locally.”    

Bob Dunn, Managing Director of Rotala plc said: ”I am delighted  that Diamond Bus will be working with the South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership to provide a special service once again to the beautiful area of Rivington.”

The Bolton News:

Cllr David Grant, Interim leader of the Horwich and Blackrod First Independents, said: “If it gets people out of their cars that’s great.

“Its great for businesses up in Rivington, there’s a lot of pubs and shops up there.”

He added: “The only negative is that it didn’t take in Blackrod, it would have been nice if had taken a nice round route around Blackrod, but I understand from my discussions with Professor Paul Salveson that the train timings limit the route there.”

Cllr Grant says that this could also prove to be good for business and the community in Horwich which he has long hopes to promote as the “gateway to the Pennine Moors”, by attracting more visitors from further afield.

The bus service, 575A which already ran last year, will be a dedicated service which will start from Horwich Parkway Station and will run via Horwich Town Centre and do a loop through Rivington, past Lower Barn, the Village Green and back via the old Millstone.

Trains from Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton arrive regularly at 28 minutes past the hour, meaning that people from further afield will also be able to sample to routes to Rivington.

The Rivington Rambler service will start on Sunday May 29, running on Sundays and bank holidays to the end of October.