Monday, 23 June 2014

1: Bolton - Blackburn

The 1 connects Bolton in Greater Manchester with Blackburn in Lancashire. It runs every 15 minutes weekday daytimes, 20 minutes Saturdays and hourly in the evenings with a half-hourly daytime-only service on Sundays. Additional short journeys run between Blackburn and Darwen only. This service is operated by Transdev Lancashire United. Click here to discover more bus routes in the North West.

Places served

The 1 starts from Moor Lane Bus Station in Bolton, using stand S most of the time, but switching to stand Q after 1900 Mon-Sats and all day on Sundays.

Here in yellow is the exact route taken in the centre of Bolton:

The 1 then runs along the Blackburn Road through Bolton's northern suburbs, including past Asda.

Here are some links with ideas of things to see and do in Bolton:

Buses towards Bolton stop on the right and buses to Blackburn stop in the distance on the left near the Cross Guns pub:

If you're hungry, then stop off in Egerton and pop into either JJ's or Angelo's:

Buses towards Blackburn stop outside Code 21 on Market Street:

Buses towards Bolton use stop 1 on Parliament Street, near the junction with Church Street:

Why not try Darwen's best rated restaurant: Resh's on Blackburn Road? Get off the 1 at Lloyd Street.

The 1 starts from stand 15 at Blackburn Bus Station. A new bus station is due to open in January 2015, so if travelling after then, check local publicity to see where the 1 goes from.

It then serves a couple of other stops in the town centre, including on Darwen Street, outside Cash Converters:

Discover more of Blackburn's delights via these links:


You can find the full timetable on the websites of Transdev or Transport for Greater Manchester.

Here are your links for live scheduled bus times from major stops towards Blackburn:

...and back towards Bolton:


The cheapest ticket that is valid the full length of route 1 is the Silver One Day ticket at £6 for an adult. It is valid all day on all Transdev buses within the Silver Zone:

If you're travelling further afield on Transdev routes, then the Gold One Day ticket at £9 for an adult is also valid throughout route 1.

For shorter journeys, the SpotOn One Day ticket at £4.20 is valid on the 1 between Blackburn and Darwen Cemetery. It's also valid on all Transdev buses within Blackburn and Darwen.

If you're only going to be travelling within Greater Manchester, which on the 1 means between Bolton and Moss Cottages in Dimple, then you can use System One's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets, which are valid on all buses in Greater Manchester. An adult off-peak any bus Day Saver is currently £5.20.

The TfGM Wayfarer day out ticket at £11 is valid on the 1 between Bolton and Darwen Town Centre. It's valid throughout Greater Manchester and into parts of the neighbouring counties, including most of the Peak District, on buses, trains and trams. It can't be bought on the bus, so make sure you buy one before you board.

If you're connecting by train, then Greater Manchester Plusbus tickets have the same validity as the System One Day Saver mentioned above, which on the 1 means Bolton to Dimple only.

Blackburn, Darwen & Accrington Plusbus has the same validity as Transdev's Spot On tickets, which on the 1 means Blackburn to Darwen Cemetery only.


See a map of all bus routes in Bolton here. From Bolton Bus Station, you can connect with the following major routes:

See a map of bus routes across Blackburn and Darwen here. Connect in Blackburn for the following major destinations:

The 1 passes close to the following railway stations:

Extract of rail map showing the 1's route in yellow.


First 533 provides an alternative route between Bolton and Egerton.

Within Bolton, additional routes along Blackburn Road are Arriva 534, 535, 537, 538 and 539.

Between Darwen and Blackburn, you can also use Transdev 2 via a different route.

For direct journeys between Bolton, Darwen and Blackburn, the only alternative to the 1 is the train service operated by Northern Rail. Timetable here. An adult single from Bolton to Blackburn on the train costs £6.10 and an off-peak (travel after 0859 weekdays, anytime weekends) return costs £6.30. A Duo return ticket is available off-peak for two adults for £9.40 (excluding weekends in December). See more train fares here.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

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