Eccleston bus route 37 saved after public consultation
ECCLESTON bus line 37 must be saved, after public consultation.
Transport provider Arriva has offered to scrap the 37 bus service due to funding and cut others in the city area After hearing the news, Eccleston District Councilors Teresa Sims, Geoff Pearl and Michael Haw joined residents to ensure the bus link was not taken out of service.
Following a public consultation, in which hundreds of Eccleston residents opposed the proposals, it was announced that the 37 bus service would continue with funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
However, it will now only run every 60 minutes Monday through Saturday daytime instead of every 30 minutes.
It will also be expanded to include Rainford.
In a joint statement, Councilors Sims, Pearl and Haw said: ‘Thank you to everyone who responded to the public consultation. All of your representations were instrumental in the decision to maintain this vital local bus service. Credit must also go to Simon and Lisa of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority who worked hard to secure the funding that ensures the 37 bus continues to serve our region.
“The 37 is a safe and reliable bus service that provides people who rely on public transport with a vital lifeline that connects them to work, education, recreation, friends, family and so much more. Without it, people would struggle to get to work, school and university, and many would become isolated.
“We must now all work together to ensure this vital service is well used in the future to maintain it, especially given the challenges facing the commercial bus market following reduced ridership and the withdrawal of support. revenues”.
The changes will start from Sunday 4 September.
Full route and timetable details will be released shortly, including details of the extension of bus service to Rainford.
On the Liverpool City Region website it says: ‘The 37 St Helens – Eccleston: Service will not be discontinued. It will serve Eccleston every 60 minutes and then extend to Rainford.
“Service 38 will run every 60 minutes which means two buses an hour from Rainford to St Helens and a 30 minute service along Kiln Lane. Rainford Junction will have a 60 minute service. This is possible thanks to funding from the Combined Authority”
352 St Helens – Orrell/Wigan will also remain every 15 minutes Monday to Friday and will be reduced to every 30 minutes on Saturdays (weekday frequency reduction has been offered)