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  • 10:20 on January 18, 2018 Permalink  

    Quite a range of bus services around Merseyside will change from next Sunday and here are the details organised by route number:

    3A/3B Huyton – Halewood – John Lennon Airport

    3A and 3B journeys (apart from 0417 trip) no longer serve the Jaguar Land Rover Factory, and instead call at Speke Morrisons.

    4 Liverpool ONE – Dingle/Sefton Park circular

    Frequency has increased during peak times.

    15 Liverpool – Huyton

    Saturday daytime frequency is reduced to 12 minutes. Sunday times have changed.

    18 Liverpool – Croxteth Park circular

    Sunday times have changed.

    31 St Helens – Parr

    The times have changed.

    34/34A St Helens – Newton-le-Willows or Leigh

    Some journeys retimed.

    38/38A St Helens – Rainford circular

    Journeys are retimed.

    47 Liverpool – Crossens

    Some times have changed.

    49 Crossens – Woodvale

    Some times have changed.

    52/52A Liverpool – Netherton/Old Roan

    Monday to Saturday daytime times are changed.

    62 Allerton (Penny Lane)- Bootle, North Park

    Some times are changed as the route is still diverted via Pighue Lane and Rathbone Road due to the closure of Mill Lane/Edge Lane Junction.

    82/82C/82D Liverpool – Liverpool South Parkway or Speke

    Route revised in Liverpool city centre. Some times have changed

    89 St Helens – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

    The Monday to Friday daytime times have changed.

    139 Liverpool – Prescot

    Journeys no longer run between Prescot and St Helens (see Route 289). Times are changed.

    140 St Helens – Bold Heath or Rainhill Station

    The Monday to Saturday daytime timetable now has 2 journeys that are extended to start/finish at Bold Heath (School Lane).

    166/188 Belle Vale – Halewood or Halewood – Belle Vale or Garston circular

    HTL Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Garden Lodge Drive, Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane
    Merseytravel Route 166 & 188: The times have changed and now serves Springwood Avenue, Mather Avenue, Heath Road, Greenhill Road and Long Lane, and Garden Lodge Drive on Saturday daytime journeys.

    224 Liscard – Weatherhead School via Poulton

    The 0751 journey has been retimed to start 8 minutes earlier

    289 St Helens – Prescot or Kirkby

    Route 289 is extended via Rainhill to St Helens to replace the withdrawn section of Route 139. Saturday Route 290 is withdrawn but replaced by Route 289 journeys running from St Helens through to Kirkby bus station. Times are changed.

    300 Liverpool – Southport or Lydiate

    Some times have changed.

    320 St Helens – Ashton-in-Makerfield or Wigan

    Some minor re-timings on Monday to Saturday journeys

    375/385 Southport – Wigan

    Revised timetable

    432/433 New Brighton – Liverpool

    Some times have changed.

    437 Liverpool – West Kirby

    Some times have changed.

    500 Liverpool – Liverpool John Lennon Airport

    Some times are changed.

    600 Garston – Archbishop Blanch School

    0755 journey departs Garston 5 minutes earlier.

    611 Dovecot – Broadgreen School

    Journey retimed 5 minutes earlier.

    630 Woodchurch High School – Moreton Cross

    Merseytravel journey withdrawn. Commercial Al’s Coaches duplicate journey remains.

    663 Thingwall – Wirral Grammar

    Times changed during journey

    745 Carmel College – Platt Bridge

    Revised running times

    781 Billinge – Rainford High School

    Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

    783 Moss Bank – Rainford High School

    Revised running times

    784 Haresfinch – Rainford High School

    Timing point changed to Red Cat Lane

    786 Rainford High School – St Helens

    Revised running times

    897 Huyton Industrial Estate – Kirkby Admin

    Route change in Huyton, now serves Stretton Way, Ellis Ashton Street and Link Road on services travelling towards Kirkby Admin.

    X3 Liverpool – Kirkby/Knowsley Industrial Park

    One afternoon journey in each direction withdrawn

  • 18:24 on January 16, 2018 Permalink  

    Arriva’s withdrawal of Monday to Saturday Macclesfield to Wilmslow (and vice versa) journeys on service 130 near the end month has seen D & G Buses partly replace them with ones running between Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Handforth. One of the things that bedevilled Arriva’s combination of different journey lengths were delays on their Manchester to Macclesfield ones. Having a different company offering the shorter journeys means that they could be more timely than the longer ones and may offer a more reliable service. Arriva still will cover more of the day though and will continue to offer a Sunday service until their contract ends as a result of council spending cuts. Still, it will be interesting to see how D & G’s offering will fare after their attempt with a Wilmslow to Handforth service on route 378 ended in failure. Some say that ticket machine problems could have contributed and I see High Peak having the same difficulties on their Macclesfield to Buxton service.

  • 17:38 on December 24, 2017 Permalink  

    Here are two postings about bus service changes in the second week of 2018 that affect Stagecoach North Scotland’s network:



  • 14:28 on December 23, 2017 Permalink  

    There has been a consultation regarding bus service reductions so we knew that Sunday journeys on service 130 between Macclesfield and Manchester are to cease. From the last Sunday in January, another set of changes is coming our way. These affect Monday to Saturday services with service frequency now set to be near hourly across the whole day rather than half-hourly for much of it. This ends any semblance of half-hourly service operation after nearly 15 years. Still, the spread of journeys from early morning to mid-evening is maintained and that is a bonus. In the end, extra journeys only were seen between Macclesfield and Wilmslow with these being affected by late running of the Manchester to Macclesfield journeys. If the route was split at Wilmslow, the different route lengths may not have been so incompatible and that likelihood of two buses running together may have killed the improved frequency. Local authorities really need to do something about bus prioritisation if we are to address the precarious financial state of bus service provision in these testing times.

  • 14:02 on December 23, 2017 Permalink  

    Like other places, the Republic of Ireland sees its share of service changes over the festive season and Transport for Ireland posted its own summary. It is not alone for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail all have done the same. Christmas Day is about the only day when no services run with both St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day in Britain) and New Years Day seeing a level of service that should be available in its near neighbour on those days as a matter of course. Of course, British traditions are slow to sunder…

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