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 St Helens Bus Network Review 2019

St Helens Bus Network Review (2019)

St Helens Bus Review

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

Plans for St Helens include:
• Current links and frequencies are maintained for the majority of services
• Evening and Sunday service remains largely unchanged, although some times are revised
• Service 603 is replaced with an extended 22 which will now operate via Garswood, providing better links for Haydock Industrial Estate, Earlestown, and Newton-le-Willows 
• Service 156 revised to operate between Lea Green and Garswood. It will continue to serve Haydock Industrial Estate as well as serve St Helens Hospital and Liverpool Road (Haydock)
• New service 39 introduced to replace part of the withdrawn 140 daytime service 
• Evening and Sunday service 140 renumbered 39A, timings are revised but the route remains unchanged

The changes will come into effect on Sunday 28th April 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. A drop-in event also took place, in the Hardshaw Centre, 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 July and August 2018, which saw people offer their feedback on their frequency and pattern of bus use, including those services publically funded by Merseytravel, and what might make them use buses more. 

St Helens is the first district to have its services reviewed for the second time. This followed the first network review in 2016.

This is 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.

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