Weekend cross-river night buses to be axed due to increasing costs and falling passenger numbers

Weekend cross-river night buses to be axed due to increasing costs and falling passenger numbers

Weekend cross-river night buses to be axed due to increasing costs and falling passenger numbers

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WEEKEND cross-river night buses are to be axed as Arriva claim a lack of passengers means they have become too costly to run.

Notices on Arriva’s fleet of buses state that the N23 Liverpool to Moreton, the N37 Liverpool to West Kirby and the N450 Liverpool to New Brighton services will be withdrawn from Saturday, July 26.

A spokesman for Arriva said: “Unfortunately, the number of customers travelling on the Wirral night bus services has fallen significantly during the past few years.

“The night bus services are costly to operate and the falling passenger numbers has resulted in the decision to withdraw the services.

“We apologise to our customers who are affected by this change.”

The night buses offer those living in Wirral a cheap way to get home after a night out in the city.

At present, the N23 and N37 night buses depart Queen Square Bus Station every 30 minutes from 12.30am to 4am on Sunday mornings.

The N450, meanwhile, runs every 20 minutes on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 12.10am and 5am.

The withdrawal of what some deem vital services leaves Wirral with just the 500 Liverpool to Birkenhead night service.

Run by Ace Travel, the 500 operates seven days a week but only goes as far as Hamilton Square, meaning those living in other parts of the borough will need to find alternative transport.

The 150 service, run by Merseytravel, was brought in to cover days when there was no commercial cross-river night bus service but that too will be withdrawn on August 3 following the introduction of the 500 bus.

A spokesman for Merseytravel told the Globe they are aware of Arriva’s decision to withdraw its weekend night bus services, adding: "We recognise that these services are important to the night time economy and we’re currently in talks to explore the potential for additional services.”

The spokesman added that 13 weeks’ notice must be given before a service is removed which is why there is an overlap between the 500 service starting and the 150 service ending.

  • What do you think of the weekend cross-river night buses being axed? Have your say below or email emma.rigby@nqnw.co.uk

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11:43am Wed 9 Jul 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Perhaps some of the £75 million Wirral is supposed to be making from the Open golf championship - according to those wise old heads in Brighton Street, anyway - could be channeled to providing this vital, even if not overly-used, service?

Or would that only happen if it involved fleeting tourists, rather than permanent, tax-paying residents?
Perhaps some of the £75 million Wirral is supposed to be making from the Open golf championship - according to those wise old heads in Brighton Street, anyway - could be channeled to providing this vital, even if not overly-used, service? Or would that only happen if it involved fleeting tourists, rather than permanent, tax-paying residents? Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 13

11:53am Wed 9 Jul 14

mickey1more says...

Best news I have heard in ages. If I had my way I would stop all the cross river buses at 23:15 and if your not on it tough.

A bit of peace a quiet is what we need on the Wirral, not drunken people piling off buses in the early hours of the morning.
Best news I have heard in ages. If I had my way I would stop all the cross river buses at 23:15 and if your not on it tough. A bit of peace a quiet is what we need on the Wirral, not drunken people piling off buses in the early hours of the morning. mickey1more
  • Score: -15

12:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sonoferic says...

If night buses aren't making money then they should be axed. They aren't exactly providing any kind of 'vital' or lifeline service to people so shouldn't be subsidised. All they do is allow revellers a cheap way back over the water leaving them more money to spend on booze.
If night buses aren't making money then they should be axed. They aren't exactly providing any kind of 'vital' or lifeline service to people so shouldn't be subsidised. All they do is allow revellers a cheap way back over the water leaving them more money to spend on booze. sonoferic
  • Score: -17

3:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Clearly the above two commentators have never heard of the word "teenager".

Fact is, as Birkenhead is so violent, many of our teenagers will travel to Liverpool for a relatively safe and decent night out. Taxis back from Liverpool are a complete rip off - sometimes up to £40 and beyond, which is nigh-on criminal for a 12, 15 mile journey.

I see more "drunks" and "falling about" and arrests for that matter, in Argyle Street, than anywhere else on Wirral. The night bus is a relatively cheap way to ensure our older children, and adults, can get home safely.
Clearly the above two commentators have never heard of the word "teenager". Fact is, as Birkenhead is so violent, many of our teenagers will travel to Liverpool for a relatively safe and decent night out. Taxis back from Liverpool are a complete rip off - sometimes up to £40 and beyond, which is nigh-on criminal for a 12, 15 mile journey. I see more "drunks" and "falling about" and arrests for that matter, in Argyle Street, than anywhere else on Wirral. The night bus is a relatively cheap way to ensure our older children, and adults, can get home safely. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 14

5:33pm Wed 9 Jul 14

yesandorno says...

thats my son out of a job then , he works in a bar in liverpool till 2am and needs the bus to get home .... if he has to get a cab its not worth him working there.. pity , he loves it and they love him.
thats my son out of a job then , he works in a bar in liverpool till 2am and needs the bus to get home .... if he has to get a cab its not worth him working there.. pity , he loves it and they love him. yesandorno
  • Score: 9

8:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

steady cyclist says...

you are allowed to cycle through the old tunnel both ways after 20.00 hrs
you are allowed to cycle through the old tunnel both ways after 20.00 hrs steady cyclist
  • Score: -4

9:59pm Wed 9 Jul 14

robocoupe says...

steady cyclist wrote:
you are allowed to cycle through the old tunnel both ways after 20.00 hrs
Yeah! As long as you don`t ride 6-abreast, never cross the white line and stop at the booth barrier.
[quote][p][bold]steady cyclist[/bold] wrote: you are allowed to cycle through the old tunnel both ways after 20.00 hrs[/p][/quote]Yeah! As long as you don`t ride 6-abreast, never cross the white line and stop at the booth barrier. robocoupe
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

orangutang29 says...

I have been on the buses at 3am and they have been empty so I can understand that they might not be economic to run. But I have also been on them at 1.30am and they are fairly full. Would a good compromise be to withdraw buses after, say, 2am rather than scrapping ALL of the late-night buses?
I have been on the buses at 3am and they have been empty so I can understand that they might not be economic to run. But I have also been on them at 1.30am and they are fairly full. Would a good compromise be to withdraw buses after, say, 2am rather than scrapping ALL of the late-night buses? orangutang29
  • Score: 0

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