Bus companies will be forced to make massive changes to local bus routes from January, thanks to Labour’s £47 Million City Centre road scheme.
As well as cutting the number of lanes on the Strand, Labour councillors are permanently closing part of Lime Street to all traffic from January 2020.
This means that most of Liverpool’s bus routes will have to change, resulting in longer walks to work, shops, and our city’s main railway stations.
The 75, 80 and 80A routes will be diverted to Duke Street, and all 82 services will go along Park Lane, in both directions. Much of south Liverpool will lose access to the area around Lewis’s, St Johns Shopping Centre and Lime St station.
The 82C, 82D and 86D will be axed. Office workers will be especially hit by the axing of almost all buses serving Dale Street & Mann Island.
Passengers on the 82 route have an extra reason to be angry. Last year they fought against plans to re-route the service so that by-passed much of the city centre, only stopping at Liverpool One bus station. Over 5000 signed a petition, resulting in Merseytravel introducing an extra 82C service, which calls at Lewis's and Great Charlotte Street. This service will now be scrapped from January.
Mossley Hill campaigner Rob McAllister Bell said, “Labour transport bosses ran a sham consultation asking passengers for our views. Labour councillors now plan to ignore protests from the overwhelming majority of bus users.”
“These changes will be devastating for elderly & disabled residents, and force more people to drive into the city centre - increasing congestion & air pollution.”
Liberal Democrats have vowed to fight the bus cuts. They demand the council scraps plans to close Lime Street from January, and protect bus services for local people.
You can find out more about how the changes will affect your bus route here www.liverpoolcitycentrebus.commonplace.is
Back the fight to save Liverpool’s bus services - sign the petition here