Have your say on St Helens bus services

16 Jul 2018

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St Helens residents are being asked to give their views on the bus service within St Helens in the first consultation phase of a new bus network review in the Borough.

This initial consultation phase will run until Thursday 9th August.

Thoughts and feedback about the local bus services can be given through an online survey here.

A drop-in event will also be taking place in Church Square, St Helens, 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 31st July. Residents can speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services in the area, how you use them and what might encourage you to use them more.

Merseytravel, as part of its Bus Strategy, is committed to carrying out regular bus network reviews across the Merseyside bus network, with the aim of creating an improved and simpler network.

The first set of reviews took place from 2016 to 2018. Going forward, there will now be a regular cycle of network reviews, ensuring that the bus network delivers the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region.

As part of the Bus Alliance with Arriva and Stagecoach, and with support from other operators, Merseytravel is working through these network reviews with the aim of getting more people using the bus by creating a better bus experience.

Part of the review will look at the current supported bus network and consider how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said: “The work done in the previous bus network reviews helped us to begin to shape the bus network in Merseyside to better fit the needs of residents and businesses, while facing up the challenges we face in trying to fund supported services.

“By listening to the feedback gained in those reviews, we were able to work with commercial operators as part of the Bus Alliance to see where we could adapt existing routes to cover any changes. This has not been the case across the country, where some local authorities have taken the tough decision to withdraw all supported services.

“This new cycle of bus network reviews will help us to continue to adapt the bus network so that it reflects the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region and we would encourage everyone to give their feedback through the appropriate channels to help shape the network in the best way possible.”