Liverpool City Region gets £3.1m boost for bus services

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has received an extra £3.1m to fund bus services across Merseyside.

£9.7m has been announced by the Department of Transport for the whole of the North West. This is a second round of funding and follows previous allocations given out to councils and the Liverpool City Region in May this year.

This means that the Liverpool City Region has so far received more than £6.2m to fund bus services with £12.3m expected by 2025.

The government money is intended to be used to introduce new services or enhance existing ones at the weekends or evenings. It can also be used to protect bus services that have low passenger numbers but serve isolated places within the city region.

A spokesperson for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said, “This new funding will be used to support the ongoing operation of existing bus services.”

The funding follows the closure of a major consultation that saw thousands of people have their say over how buses are run across the city region. Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has strongly supported bringing buses back under public control.

He argues this system, similar to what is currently being rolled out in Manchester, would give the public greater control over where buses go, what times they run, and where they stop. It could also see services like night buses return.

6,201 people responded to the survey about how they want buses to be run in the future and the Liverpool City Region is currently analysing the responses.

Announcing the funding for councils in the North West, Roads Minister Richard Holden said, “Buses are the most popular form of public transport, and so many residents in the North West rely on their local service to get to work, attend medical appointments, and see loved ones.

“We are delivering for local communities across seven local authorities by providing a further £9.7 million to improve and protect essential local services, as we continue to boost transport connections in the North West to grow the economy.”

Image: We Own It campaigners wanting to see buses brought back into public control including Birkenhead MP Mick Whitley and Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood

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