Consultation Launched Over Liverpool Bus Service Cuts

Merseyside bus services will likely be decreased as part of attempts to deal with declining passenger numbers and rising prices.

Beginning on September 4, the ideas are the subject of a two-week consultation by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

If the proposals are granted, services in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens, and Wirral will be impacted.

According to the authorities, the adjustments were required for bus services to “stay viable.”

This includes fewer weekend trains into Liverpool’s city center as well as the elimination of two routes in St. Helens.

However, the frequency of the 10A service between Liverpool and St. Helens will rise to every 10 minutes on Sundays and seven to eight minutes from Monday through Saturday.

While certain services have shown a high rate of recovery in passenger numbers following the removal of Covid-19 limitations, others have not, according to a representative for the authority.

This indicates that in order for them to stay viable, they might need to alter their course or schedule.

The authority also noted that the central government’s backing for bus services will stop in the fall.

Liz Makinson, a councilor for the Liberal Democrats, predicted that “those who can afford it would just give up on public transportation altogether.”

With just an hourly bus service in many areas of Liverpool, she said, “the elderly, crippled, and those on low means would find themselves more isolated.”

A new schedule will be released on August 1 in advance of the September alterations.

The plans were made public after it was revealed earlier this month that single bus price will be reduced to £2, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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