Posted by: John Brace | 5th November 2018

Which 19 bus routes formerly run by Avon Buses are being replaced today (5th November 2018) and which 20 routes will be withdrawn?

Which 19 bus routes formerly run by Avon Buses are being replaced today (5th November 2018) and which 20 routes will be withdrawn?

                                   

Councillor Ron Abbey (Lead Member for Bus) 11th October 2018

Councillor Ron Abbey (Lead Member for Bus) 11th October 2018

Avon Buses Limited (based on the Wirral) ceased trading on the 5th October 2018. This led to the bus routes and school routes that Avon Buses provided ending.

On the 15th October 2018, Cllr Chris Blakeley asked Cllr Ron Abbey (Lead Member for Bus) a question about Merseytravel’s response to this at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s councillors. You can watch the question and answer in the video clip below this paragraph.

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Council (Wirral Council) 15th October 2018 Part 4 of 6

In his answer Cllr Ron Abbey referred to changes that would happen from the 5th November 2018 (today at the time of publication). The full list of replacement routes that start today can be read at this link.

Changes include the following routes 10, 10A, 16, 16A, 17, 17A, 17S (which from now becomes the 652), 22, X22, 38, 38A, 73, 80, 82, 83A, 91, 144, 628 and 652. These routes will be now run by Arriva, Stagecoach, Eazibus and Hattons.

The following routes previously operated by Avon Buses Limited have been withdrawn and will not be replaced 18, 77, 77A, 84, 85, 88, 88A, 107, 207, 208, 122, 124, 125, 145, 164, 492, 495, 613, 821 and C5.

At a meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Transport Committee held on Thursday afternoon (1st November 2018 which you can watch below), Lead Member for Finance Cllr Steve Foulkes explained that although the residents he represents in Claughton ward are impacted by some of the withdrawn bus routes, that the view of the ruling Labour Group on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee was that replacing the withdrawn Avon Bus routes by taxpayer subsidy was too high. The Lead Member for Bus Cllr Ron Abbey was not present for this public meeting having sent his apologies to the Chair.

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Transport Committee (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 1st November 2018

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  1. Why do they always have to change the numbers of the buses, for decade we had the number 1, 7, 10 etc then Merseytravel steps in and bang, numbers change and no body know where the hell the things go and more, keep it simple people.
    No body cares whether Liverpool has the same numbers, we are on the Wirral

    • Well the change above is for the 17S to 652.

      This is just a guess as I don’t really don’t know, but there’s already a 17 and 17A, so maybe it was to prevent confusion between the 17S, 17 and 17A?

      But yes, I take your point about the other routes as it gets very confusing. And yes as far as I remember there are bus numbers for routes in Liverpool that are the same (or extremely similar) as in Wirral.


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