Concerns over the re-routing of the popular 82 bus service by Arriva and Stagecoach away from Berry Street and Renshaw Street, has led to talks between council and transport officials which it’s hoped will resolve the issue.
Following a number of meetings and an examination of possible routes, Transport Committee Chair, Councillor Liam Robinson, and Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Highways are a step closer to reaching an agreement with the bus companies on an option which will restore a number of journeys along the old route to town.
“The highest number of complaints we have received on any issue this year has come from bus users following the decision to re-route the 82 down Park Lane, direct to Liverpool One in an effort to try and improve journey reliability” said Liam Robinson, chair of the Transport Committee.
“It’s been a difficult discussion to have but I think we’ve found a way through. Merseytravel is identifying new layover provision for the 82 in the city centre, which allows some 82 services to resume travelling down Berry Street and Renshaw Street.”
“It’s been crucial that Merseytravel and the City Council have worked with the bus companies to reconsider and solve any problems.” said Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Highways and City Services.
“We’re looking at an option that provides an 82 service every 15 minutes terminating outside the old Lewis’s in Renshaw Street. I really hope we can get this back in operation in time for Christmas. I want to say a big thank you to all the bus users who encouraged a rethink.”