Posted by: John Brace | 31st March 2020

Peak-time travel restrictions on public transport for those aged 60+ or those with disabilities scrapped in Liverpool City Region for rest of 2020

Peak-time travel restrictions on public transport for those aged 60+ or those with disabilities scrapped in Liverpool City Region for rest of 2020

                                     

Mayor Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 1st February 2019

Mayor Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 1st February 2019

Mayor Steve Rotheram (pictured above) has announced that all previous restrictions on peak-time travel Monday to Friday before 9.30 am on public transport by concessionary passholders (those 60 and over and with disabilities) have been lifted effective from Monday 23rd March 2020 and continuing to the end of 2020. The author of this piece has a pass on disability grounds.

This is so that people over 60 can take advantage of supermarkets opening early for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Agreement on this was reached with Stagecoach, Arriva, Merseyrail, Northern, Transpennine Express and other bus operators.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“We are absolutely committed to doing all that we can to protect the city region’s residents and make their lives as comfortable as possible during this difficult period.

As some of the major supermarkets move towards introducing golden hours for the elderly, first thing in the morning, we felt it was only right to introduce this flexibility which will, for example, allow older people to avail themselves of the opportunity to shop for essentials in a safer environment, as well as enabling them to get out and about when things get back to normal.

The advice remains that older people, and particularly the over-70s, should only use public transport when absolutely necessary and that they should continue to follow the guidance around staying at home and socially distancing themselves.”

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  1. I see Mayor Rotheram is 60 next year.
    That’s timely!

    • Thanks for your comment Paul.

      Although unless these new arrangements are extended, it will revert back to the usual arrangements by the time Steve Rotheram qualifies for a pass once he reaches his birthday next year.

  2. Do any of the buses run passed supermarkets these days!
    As for opening doors early for the likes of me, there’s nothing on the shelves at my local!

    • Hi keef666,

      Thanks for your comment, after complaints from local residents about the long walk to and from the bus stops near Tesco Bidston Moss years ago I did persuade Merseytravel to put an extra couple of stops in on Hoylake Road – however yes many supermarkets on the Wirral are easier to access by car than bus (although the supermarkets in Birkenhead Town Centre are all within a short walking distance of the bus station).

      I agree with the problems of empty shelves – certain items seem out of stock – but some places are putting other items on the shelves instead of the out of stock items – so for example you’ll see a sign on the shelf for aspirin (but no aspirin) but plenty of pregnancy tests instead!

    • Hi keef666,

      Thanks for your comment, after complaints from local residents about the long walk to and from the bus stops near Tesco Bidston Moss years ago I did persuade Merseytravel to put an extra couple of stops in on Hoylake Road – however yes many supermarkets on the Wirral are easier to access by car than bus (although the supermarkets in Birkenhead Town Centre are all within a short walking distance of the bus station).

      I agree with the problems of empty shelves – certain items seem out of stock – but some places are putting other items on the shelves instead of the out of stock items – so for example you’ll see a sign on the shelf for aspirin (but no aspirin) but plenty of pregnancy tests instead!


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