Network review lets Wirral residents have their say on bus services in the area

Publish date

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wirral residents will have the chance to give their views on bus services in the area in a consultation phase of a new bus network review in the borough.

This initial consultation phase of the review will run from Wednesday 15 January until Wednesday 12 February 2020

Members of the public will be able to give their thoughts and feedback via an online survey which can be access from the Bus Network Review webpage at

There will also be four drop-in events taking place where residents can speak to representatives from Merseytravel and Bus Operators about bus services across the area, how they use them and what might encourage residents to use them more.

The events are listed below:

  • 30th January Birkenhead Bus Station 1pm-6pm
  • 31st January Tesco Heswall 10am-3pm
  • 4th February Arrowe Park Hospital 10am -3pm
  • 5th February Cherrytree Centre 10am -3pm

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.

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.

As part of the Bus Alliance with Arriva and Stagecoach, and with support from other operators, Merseytravel is working through these network reviews with the aim of getting more people using the bus by creating a better bus experience.

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 is to gather feedback on bus services in the area, which will help inform any potential changes.

"This bus network review will help us to shape the bus network on Wirral to better fit the needs of residents and businesses, while facing up the challenges we face in trying to fund supported services.

"We will use the feedback to work with commercial operators as part of the Bus Alliance to see where existing routes could be adapted to cover any changes and help us to continue to adapt the bus network so that it reflects the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region.

“With this in mind we would encourage everyone to give their feedback through the appropriate channels to help shape the network in the best way possible."

Cllr Liam Robinson

Transport Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority