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 Replacement provision on the Wirral

Replacement provision on the Wirral 

Page updated on Friday 7 December 2018 at 10:00

Merseytravel has acted to introduce a number of bus services into Wirral, including improved provision to two hospitals, to replace services lost following the closure of Avon Bus Ltd earlier this month.

Notification was given by Avon of their commercial decision to cease operations on Friday 5 October and, acting as quickly as possible through a tender process required by law, Merseytravel is now able to confirm the proposed new service provision to replace a number of services which were lost.

Some of the key highlights of these new bus services include:-

  • The reintroduction of the 16/17 bus service from South Wirral to Arrowe Park & Clatterbridge Hospitals
  • Bus service re-introduced into Oxton Village
  • A level of service will be re-introduced to nearly all areas currently without access to public transport of a Monday-Saturday daytime.

Additionally, a replacement service is being brought in to Sefton, serving Bootle to Pendle Drive.

Merseytravel has stepped in to address this private sector operator failure in line with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee’s approved policy for provision of bus services.  These supported bus services are funded publicly and aim to fill gaps in the network of commercial bus services across Merseyside so that as many people as possible have access to a bus service.

All the replacement services will start on Monday 5th November. A full list of the new services and operators can be found in the link below.
Services which are being operated by Stagecoach on behalf of Merseytravel (with the exception of the 628 and 652 school services) will operate with Stagecoach tickets and fares, meaning that customers can take advantage of operator-specific daily, weekly and monthly tickets in addition to Merseytravel’s ticketing products such as Solo.  The services operated by Eazibus and Hattons, will have Merseytravel supported fare structures applied.
Timetables for each service are now online with printed copies due to be delivered out to information outlets from the week commencing 12th November onwards. The online journey planner is currently in the process of being updated to reflect the new services.
Due to the quick turnaround in establishing these new services, some information at bus stops will not be updated in time for the start of the new services – we are aiming to have these all updated as soon as possible. We thank all bus users for their patience and understanding while this work is completed.

Update - Monday 19 November 2018 at 10:30

From 18th November 2018, the 10/10a (Wirral) and 83A will be withdrawn. 

These services were put in place by Arriva, on a short term basis, immediately after it was confirmed that Avon had ceased to operate to mitigate the impact of the loss of services on the Wirral. For details of alternative provision please see the PDF below.

Wirral Network Changes (18th November 2018)