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Opinions sought on Knowsley bus network

Knowsley residents are being given the chance to give their views on bus services in the area as part of an on-going review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network.

Working as part of the Bus Alliance, a formal partnership with operators Arriva and Stagecoach, Merseytravel is looking to create a simpler, clearer, and where possible, more direct network that can help encourage more people to take the bus.

Historically bus routes have been considered on a piecemeal basis and the idea is to consider the commercial network and the supported network – that which relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel – as a whole for the first time, to ensure it best reflects current working and living patterns and new developments and how they are served. Reviews have already taken place in Kirkby, St Helens, Sefton, Liverpool and Wirral.

Part of the review has been looking at the current supported bus network and considering how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

As part of this review, we are looking for people to tell us how they use the bus network in the area, particularly any supported bus service. The first stage of the Knowsley bus network review consultation takes up to Monday 18th December at 10am, with opportunities to give feedback at drop-in events and online.

No changes to services have been confirmed at this time, as this stage of consultation is solely to gather feedback and thoughts from the public which will help inform any changes that are made.

There are currently three drop-in events planned to take place for this phase of the review where you will be able to speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services across the area, how you use them and what might encourage you to use them more.

Previous events in other areas including Sefton and St Helens provided useful feedback which helped to inform the changes to the bus network. The confirmed drop-in events are listed below:

Monday 27th November – Halewood One Stop Shop (10am - 3pm)

Monday 4th December – Huyton Bus Station (10am - 3pm)

Friday 8th December – Prescot Town Hall (10am - 3pm)

There is also the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey on the bus review pages on the Merseytravel website, details of which can be found at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview

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