Metro Mayor: “I’ll step in to save Halton Transport buses serving schools”

UPDATE: As of 00:00 Friday 24 January Halton Transport has gone into liquidation, the following service information is correct                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has confirmed he will step in save Merseytravel funded buses serving schools should it be confirmed that Halton Transport has gone in to liquidation. Should the company go in to liquidation, 35 bus routes will be severely affected and without intervention from the Combined Authority school children could have been left stranded. 

“Buses are vitally important to all of our communities across the city region and I understand the concern the emerging situation with Halton Transport will cause to people who rely on their services and, of course, the workforce affected.

“Merseytravel is responsible for many bus services that serve schools and are operated on its behalf by Halton Transport. I have taken immediate action to ensure that those services will continue to run from Monday morning, should the company go in to liquidation.

“I can’t promise there won’t be any disruption, but I aim to minimise the impact for local people as much as possible and I’d like to thank all my officers and our partners for their hard work in putting contingency arrangements in place so quickly, should the worst happen.

“Traditionally Halton Council have not been part of the Merseytravel area but as they are important members of the Combined Authority, I wanted to make sure we are in a position to act swiftly to ensure that services will be in place from Monday.

“The events of the past 48 hours have strengthened my view that the speed of Halton’s transition into the Merseytravel area needs to quicken so that local people get the same standard of service no matter where in the City Region they live.

“I have explored the possibility of the Combined Authority purchasing Halton Transport to protect jobs and services but unfortunately we are legally prevented from doing so under national legislation.

“More broadly, this situation demonstrates how important it is that we have a sustainable, integrated bus network across the whole city region, with local people’s needs at its heart, rather than the fragmented, deregulated system we currently have.

“That’s why I’m committed to delivering an integrated ‘London-style’ transport system that is affordable, reliable and designed to meet the needs of every community in our city region.

“To this end, next month the Combined Authority will be publishing details of how we will propose to use new devolved mayoral powers to reform our bus services in the interests of passengers.”

Steve Rotheram

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

A spokesperson added, “These are emergency measures developed at very short notice. Wherever possible, Merseytravel will work with bus operators to further enhance these services as the ongoing situation becomes clearer.”

Information for customers

The replacement bus services for the Merseytravel contracts will be operated by Stagecoach from Monday 27 January. Stagecoach will accept any valid Halton Transport tickets.

The 61 and 201 service formerly run by Halton Transport as a commercial service will be run by Arriva. The 201 service will be an ArrivaClick bus, operating as a normal bus. 

For customers using the 14 and 17 commercial services, there are alternative services provided by Arriva. For the next two weeks all valid Halton tickets will be accepted on all Arriva services in Halton throughout the city region.

Customers can use the Merseytravel Journey Planner and app to plan their journeys.

Service Information

Bus Number Current Provision Alternative Service
6

Farnworth – Liverpool (Queen Square)

1 early morning return journey

See Arriva website for details
14/14A Liverpool City Centre – Windmill Hill

Liverpool – Widnes mirrored by service 79C

Widnes – Halton Hospital mirrored by service 110 (via Runcorn High Street)

Halton Hospital – Windmill Hill mirrored by busway services 1/2

17 St Helens – Widnes Arriva 17 service still operating - see Arriva website for details
61 Liverpool – Halton Hospital

Liverpool – Picton Clock mirrored by service 79/79C/79D

Thingwall Road – 68, 68A

Between Broadgreen and Halton hospital Arriva will be operating service 61

201 Royal Liverpool Hospital – Speke, Morrisons See Arriva website for details
600

Archbishop Blanch School – Garston

PM journey only, AM journey unaffected

Stagecoach will be operating this service
615

St Julies – Bowring Park Road

PM journey only, AM journey unaffected

Stagecoach will be operating this service
618

Archbishop Blanch School – Croxteth, Oak Lane North

PM journey only, 2:45 PM trip and AM journey unaffected

Stagecoach will be operating this service
619

Archbishop Blanch School – Huyton Bus Station

PM journey only, AM journey unaffected

Stagecoach will be operating this service
654 Newton Hospital - St Edmund Arrowsmith Stagecoach will be operating this service
686 St Edmund Arrowsmith - Knowsley Village Stagecoach will be operating this service
700 Prescot - Rainhill Stagecoach will be operating this service
708 Rainhill High - Prescot Stagecoach will be operating this service
709 Rainhill High - Prescot Rd Stagecoach will be operating this service
710 Rainhill High - St Helens Rd Stagecoach will be operating this service
715 Berry's Lane - Allanson St Primary Stagecoach will be operating this service
717 Clinkham Wood - Parish Primary Stagecoach will be operating this service
720 Clock Face - St Cuthbert's Stagecoach will be operating this service
720 St Cuthbert's - Sutton Manor Stagecoach will be operating this service
720 Clock Face - St Cuthbert's Stagecoach will be operating this service
725 Newton-le-Willows - Hope Academy Stagecoach will be operating this service
725 Hope Academy - Newton-le-Willows Station Stagecoach will be operating this service
733 Sutton High - Toll Bar & Cowley - Clinkham Wood Stagecoach will be operating this service
733 Thatto Heath - Sutton High Stagecoach will be operating this service
743 De La Salle - Rainford Stagecoach will be operating this service
750 De La Salle - Rainhill Stoops Stagecoach will be operating this service
751 De La Salle - Rainhill Stagecoach will be operating this service
753 Rainhill Stoops - De La Salle Stagecoach will be operating this service
754 De La Salle - Sutton Manor Stagecoach will be operating this service
755 Bold - De La Salle Stagecoach will be operating this service
755 De La Salle - St Helens Junction Stagecoach will be operating this service
757 Alfred Street - Cowley Stagecoach will be operating this service
757 Cowley - Alfred Street Stagecoach will be operating this service
760 Sutton High - Toll Bar & Cowley - Clinkham Wood Stagecoach will be operating this service
774 Thatto Heath - Haydock High Stagecoach will be operating this service
786

Halewood Academy - South Parkway

PM journey only, AM journey unaffected

Stagecoach will be operating this service
787 Rainford High - Hard Lane Stagecoach will be operating this service
793 Toll Bar - Rainford Stagecoach will be operating this service
793 Rainford High School - Toll Bar Stagecoach will be operating this service
794 Denton's Green - Rainford Stagecoach will be operating this service