Both Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and Transport for London (TfL) announced plans to completely reduce certain services or ax routes inflation the pressure rises. At least 16 routes will be discontinued and 78 will be changed from September in Londonwhile dozens of reductions have been proposed in five Merseyside boroughs.
The plans come as the government’s financing deal to help with tariffs collapse during the pandemic expires in the fall.
The LCRCA has launched a two-week consultation on the plans, proposing changes to be made from September 4.
Speaking about the Merseyside changes, a spokesperson for the authority said: “While some services have seen a good recovery in passenger numbers since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, others have not.
“This means they may need changes to their route or timetable to remain sustainable.”
Services in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral will be affected if the proposals are approved.
The TfL bus meeting will run until August 7, after being extended by four weeks as concerns about the plans mount.
TfL’s chief operating officer Andy Lord told the London Assembly on Wednesday (June 29): “This is a condition of our funding with the government.
“The reductions are mainly focused on central London in areas where we believe it will have the least impact and the least worst option, and where there are mitigating options for us in terms of increasing routes elsewhere and ensuring financial durability.”
Liverpool bus route changes proposals
Dozens of changes have been proposed across the five boroughs, including some cuts in services in Liverpool city center over the weekend.
Two services in St Helens are proposed to be discontinued, while a few routes between Knowsley and Liverpool, as well as Sefton, are proposed to change.
Just to name a few that run through Knowsley, Sunday services on the 10B, 12, 13 and 15 are reduced to every hour after 9pm and 10pm.
Routes on the 14A will change to finish earlier than Tower Hill, the 19 will reduce the frequency to every 12 minutes, while the 61 will reduce the frequency Monday to Friday and Saturday to once every 60 minutes.
The X3 from Liverpool to Knowsley Industrial Park has been proposed to be withdrawn completely.
In Liverpool, Sunday services on 18, 26, 27, 54 and 55 will be reduced to hourly from 10pm.
Saturday services on the 52/52A, 58/58A, 204 and 300 are proposed to be reduced to hours.
The 76 and 78 will be reduced to run every 30 to 60 minutes, while a number of routes on 159, 310 and 135 will be changed.
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Just to name a few running through Sefton, services will see a reduction in frequency on the 300, 62, 81/81A and 121, while a number of services will be rerouted on services such as the 144 and 44.
In St Helens, it has been proposed to completely withdraw the 17 and 37, while the 61 and 352 will be reduced to every 60 minutes and 30 minutes, respectively, Monday through Friday.
Wirral may see a reduction in services on the 216/217, 410, 418, 437 and 492/495.
London bus route changes
TfL has proposed the biggest cuts to London’s bus services in decades, as nearly 100 services will be reduced or eliminated altogether.
The following services will decrease in frequency:
- 35 Clapham Junction Station / Falcon Road – Shoreditch – from eight to 7.5 buses per hour
- 135 Crossharbour Asda – Moorfields Eye Hospital – from six to five an hour
- 205 Cleveland Terrace – Bow Church Station – from 6.7 to 6 per hour
- 214 Highgate School / Hampstead Lane – Finsbury Square – from eight to six an hour
- 507 Waterloo Station / Upper Taxi Road – Victoria Bus Station – from 7.5 to six an hour
- D3 Bonner Road – Leamouth / Orchard Place – from five to four an hour
And the following services are proposed to see an increase in frequency:
- 19 Finsbury Park Interchange – Parkgate Road – from six to seven an hour
- 22 Putney Common – Margaret Street / Oxford Circus – from six to 7.5 per hour
- 259 Edmonton Green Bus Terminal – King’s Cross Road / Pentonville Road – from six to 7.5 per hour
- 272 Cavendish Road – Shepherd’s Bush Station – from four to five an hour
- 414 Putney Bridge Station – Marble Arch – from 7.5 to eight an hour
- C1 Victoria Station – White City Bus Station – from four to five an hour