Bus travel accounts for almost eight out of ten of all public transport journeys in Merseyside. Currently, this amounts to around 136.7 million passenger journeys each year.
Around 85 percent of bus services in Merseyside are run on a commercial basis by operators including Arriva, Stagecoach, Avon and Halton Transport. They choose where to run their services and set their own ticket prices.
The remaining 15 percent are funded by Merseytravel and these are those routes where there is a gap in the network or where a significant social need has been identified, such as to and from hospitals. Merseytravel sets the fares on these particular routes. Any route that is funded by Merseytravel is clearly indicated as so on the public timetable.
Merseytravel, like other Passenger Transport Executives across the country, work closely with bus operators in a bid to get the best deal for customers and to influence how they operate, but we do not control the network.
We have developed a new Bus Strategy to transform the bus offer in the Liverpool City Region, aiming to make it a mode of choice rather than last resort, increasing revenue and driving investment.
Buses are vital to people in the City Region and its economy. Every day in our region over 100,000 people use the bus to get to work and over 60,000 to get to education, so it is vital that we have a thriving bus network which supports this.