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 St Helens Bus Network Review 2018

St Helens Bus Network Review (2018)

The first phase of consultation for this bus network review has now ended. Details of the further consultation phases will appear on this page.
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. St Helens is the latest area to be reviewed

Historically bus routes were considered on a piecemeal basis. The idea of these network reviews is to consider the commercial network and the supported network – that which relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel – as a whole. This will ensure that the network best reflects the needs of the public and adapts to plans for future housing, leisure and employments developments.
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.

To help this, we are looking for feedback and information from the public about how they use the bus network in the area, particularly any supported bus service.
The first stage of review was a consultation phase which took place from 9th July to the 9th August 2018, asking for views on bus services in the St Helens area. The feedback received in this consultation will help form any potential changes to services in the area.

The next steps

With help from the feedback received from the online survey and drop-in event, any proposed changes to the network will be drafted, published on this webpage and a new online survey published to give you chance to provide further feedback.
As with previous 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 when changes are made.

To make the network easier to understand, we also look for services on the same routes to operate under the same number whatever the time of day where possible.

We will be working with the operators in the area to endeavor that passengers will have alternative provision available within their area if a service is removed or changed. Any changes will come into effect in April 2019.

If you have any further questions or further feedback, please email us at