Councils in the North West are warning of cuts to bus routes because of funding cuts.
Scores of rural services which are seen as less profitable by commercial operators, are subsidised by local authorities.
Many passengers in Preston see their local bus as a vital lifeline:
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned bus services may be under threat because of the overall council funding gap which is expected to exceed £5 bn 2020.
But the Department for Transport has responded with a statement: