Wirral Bus Network Review
Wirral is the latest area to be reviewed as part of a wider review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network, with the aim of creating an improved and simpler network.
It’s also about ensuring that the increasingly limited funding we have for supported services – those services that are funded by Merseytravel as they are not commercially viable – are used in the most effective way and focused where there is most need.
The second consultation period is now open. People who live or work in Wirral are be able to comment on proposed changes to the area’s bus network during a final consultation period starting on Monday 12th June through until 5pm on Thursday 22nd June.
Details of the proposed changes, including maps, can be found at http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/Pages/Wirral-Bus-Network-Review.aspx
Three drop-in events are taking place so that members of the public can speak to Merseytravel staff about the proposals and give their feedback. Details of these events can be found below:
- Friday 16th June, 10am to 3pm – Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, Liscard
- Monday 19th June, 12:30pm to 4pm – Bromborough Civic Centre
- Wednesday 21st June, 10am to 3pm – Birkenhead Bus Station
This consultation period followed events in February and March 2017, which saw over 850 people attend and offer their feedback on their frequency and pattern of bus use, including those services publically funded by Merseytravel, and what might make them use buses more.
We will be working with all operators, to endeavour to ensure that passengers will have alternative provision available within their area if a service is withdrawn or changed. Any changes will come into effect in September 2017.
As in other areas where we’ve already undertaken these reviews, it is anticipated that we will work with the operators to re-route some commercial services (i.e. those without public subsidy) to cover areas previously served by publicly supported services.
To make the network easier to understand we do plan for services on the same routes operating under the same number whatever the time of day where possible.