Night buses are to return between Liverpool and Wirral as part of a new trial.
Late-night revellers and shift workers will soon be able to travel across the Mersey into the early hours of the morning as part of a new scheme being launched in the Liverpool City Region. The N1, which will be operated by Stagecoach, will enter service on Friday, 8 December just after midnight with buses running every hour until around 5am every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The services are to return having been removed by private operators during the covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns.
The new night bus service will run between Birkenhead and Allerton with stops across Liverpool city centre. The route also includes stops serving Toxteth, Wavertree and Mossley Hill. Tickets will cost £2, in line with the reduced adult single fare introduced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in September 2022.
Weekly and monthly passes, as well as Saveaway and day rider tickets, will not be accepted on the service.
Mr Rotheram said, “We’re about to enter the busiest time of the year for our visitor economy and, while we want everyone to have a great time celebrating in our region, we also want them to get home safely.
“We’ve worked closely with local campaigners, students, late-night workers and our hospitality industry to bring back late bus services between Liverpool and the Wirral to make it safer, cheaper and easier for people to travel home – without having to cut the party short.
“This a massive result for local people, many who have been campaigning for this moment for three years. Following our decision to take back control of the region’s buses and move towards a franchised system, this is another positive step on the journey to putting the public back at the heart of public transport.”
Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside, added, “We are pleased to be working with the Mayor and are excited to relaunch this much-anticipated commercial Night Bus Service, creating new links and better coverage than what we have had previously and with a much lower fare, addressing the need for accessible and affordable transportation during late-night hours.”