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, they 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 your thoughts and feedback on bus services in the area, which will help inform potential changes.
How you can take part
Giving them your views is simple and can be done through the online survey. This will remain open for the duration of this consultation phase.
There will also be a drop-in event taking place for this phase of the network review where you can speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services across the area, how you use them and what might encourage you to use them more. The drop-in event is being held in Church Square in St Helens on Tuesday 31st July from 10am to 3pm.
This initial consultation stage is due to end at 5pm on Thursday 9th August.
The next stepsWith 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 they 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, they also look for services on the same routes to operate under the same number whatever the time of day where possible.
They 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 them at firstname.lastname@example.org.