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 Sefton Bus Network Review 2019

Sefton Bus Network Review 2019

Residents in Sefton have helped shape the borough’s bus network following a consultation on plans to create a simpler, clearer network. 

Plans for Sefton include:
• Current links and frequencies maintained on the majority of daytime and evening services
• Service 47 will continue to operate via Ince Blundell as it currently does. No further service changes are planned for 2019 though the performance of the service will be reviewed again in January 2020. 
• Services 44 and 54 have route amendments to improve reliability
• Service 15A will now operate between Birkdale and Southport Hospital, via Southport Town Centre, Cemetery Road, Walnut Street and Folkestone Road 
• Service 46A is withdrawn. Frequency of service 46 is increased to every 20 minutes, Monday to Saturday daytime
• New service 32A is introduced to offer a peak service for South and West Maghull to Maghull Station and Westway Square. Service 32/33 hours extended to run of an evening and Sunday
• Peak service 34/34A withdrawn due to low usage following the opening of Maghull North station
• Service 144 to operate between Bootle and Pendle Drive only, to improve reliability

The changes will come into effect on Sunday 1st September 2019. A full list of the changes can be in the PDF found below:


An online survey gave members of the public the chance to give their thoughts on the initial proposed changes. Three drop-in events also took place, in Bootle, Maghull and Southport, so that members of the public could speak to Merseytravel staff about the proposals and give their feedback.

This consultation period followed a first phase in February 2019, which saw people offer their feedback on their frequency and pattern of bus use, including those services publicly funded by Merseytravel, and what might make them use buses more. 

Network reviews are one of the activities that comes under the Bus Alliance, a formal partnership with operators Arriva and Stagecoach, with the aim of transforming bus services to encourage more people to take the bus. The network reviews do involve all operators though.

Part of the review has been looking at the current supported bus network and considering how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

Impacts of changes have been mitigated by re-routing or extending existing commercial services where possible to negate the need for a service supported by public funding. 

Some original proposals have been updated based on feedback from the consultation.

If you have any further questions or further feedback, please email us at ask@merseytravel.gov.uk ​