The X70’s unscheduled touchdown
Almost three months after its maiden voyage, the X70 from Manchester to Blackpool, also known as the Red Rocket Express service will be grounded till Easter 2014.
Its operator, Classic Bus North West has ceased trading today. As well as the X70, this also affects the Lancashire County Council funded 80 service from Preston to Blackpool via Great Eccleston. The Blackpool based operator gave less than the statutory 12 weeks notice to LCC and the required 56 days notice to the North Western Traffic Commissioners.
Lancashire County Council will explore the matter further to see if Classic Bus North West are entering administration, or have already called in administrators. Whether a new operator wishes to take over the Red Rocket Express or Classic Bus North West remains to be seen.
Another operator may be called in to run the 80 service by means of an emergency tender. For passengers wishing to use the 80 for last minute Christmas shopping, this couldn’t have come at a worse time.
S.V., 20 December 2013.