Eighty-seven bus services have been cut in Wirral since 2010.
The routes that connected places like New Brighton, Neston, and Saughall Massie to Liverpool and other areas are one of 8,613 bus routes across England that have been cut over the last 13 years.
As of September 2023, there are currently 104 services operating in Wirral with 36 running through the week as well as 68 school services.
The cuts come as the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority looks to overhaul the way buses are run following a major consultation that ended in early August. This saw thousands of people have their say on how services would be run.
Businesses have also been campaigning to see certain services restored such as night buses along certain routes. Supporters point to the positive impact these could have on the night-time economy and making sure people working late shifts can get home safely.
In places like Woodchurch and Heswall, people said it was difficult getting back home at night if they were working late and one family doesn’t go on days out on Sundays because it’s too difficult without a car.
Rachel Furber recently started an Airbnb to get some extra income but said a lack of public transport has had a very negative impact.
She only had one night booked as Liverpool hosted Eurovision earlier this year and when golf’s Open Championship came to Hoylake in July she had to pick one family up because of a lack of transport options.
She added, “Obviously this was the best year to start thanks to the Eurovision and the Golf Open but despite being in a very central location for public transport, getting to Hoylake can take anything between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 plus walking time. It put a lot of people off.”
Ms Furber said that after surgery she is not able to drive, making the lack of good public transport an ‘isolating’ issue.
In Heswall, the lack of a direct service to Clatterbridge Hospital from the town is a problem and getting to doctor’s appointments can sometimes take up to one and a half hours each way.
Others said bus services to Chester and West Kirby stopping at 6pm and not running on a Sunday is an issue with their children not being able to go out for the day because of this.
In Irby, people have complained about a lack of direct connections without changing over in Birkenhead and that accessibility and space for prams was an issue leaving people waiting for the next bus which might not be another hour.
The Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority is currently consulting on the next stage of a plan for a franchising scheme for the region’s bus network,
If approved, the network will come back into public control, with private operators like Arriva having to compete to run services on behalf of the combined authority.
Franchising, which is already underway in Greater Manchester, is expected to cost £341m which will be paid back through fares.
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said, “We have received thousands of submissions to the region’s bus reform consultation and, while we’re still in the process of analysing the responses, one thing is clear: buses matter to local people. I know from the conversations I’ve had with businesses and residents across our region that there is overwhelming support to bring buses back under public control.
“Across the Liverpool City Region, 82% of all public transport journeys are taken by bus. They are a vital public service that connect people not only with opportunity, but with each other. But for too many people, the bus network is too confusing, too expensive and too unreliable.
“Reregulation would give the Combined Authority greater control over routes, fares and timetables – and the ability to cross-subsidise services so that profitable routes help to support much-needed community buses that have been cut by private operators. In the next few weeks, alongside local leaders, we’ll be taking a major decision on the way our buses are run.
“Reforming our region’s bus network is a key part of my ambition to build a London-style integrated transport network that is faster, cheaper, cleaner and better connected – and the very least that our residents deserve.”
Full list of Wirral bus services cut since 2010
|5/9/2010||430||Arriva Merseyside||Liverpool||New Brighton|
|7/10/2013||39||Impera||New Brighton||West Kirby|
|22/1/2017||12||Avon||Birkenhead||Arrowe Park Hospital|
|22/1/2017||93||Avon||Birkenhead||Arrowe Park Hospital|
|2/9/2018||636||Eazibus||Hoylake Station||Leasowe, Kingsway Academy,( The Wallasey School)|
|4/10/2018||10/10A||Avon||New Brighton||Liscard, Mill Lane/Arrowe Park|
|18/11/2018||10/10A||Arriva Merseyside||New Brighton||Liscard, Mill Lane/Arrowe Park|
|18/11/2018||83A||Arriva Merseyside||Birkenhead||West Kirby|
|25/11/2018||656||Eazibus||Newton, The Ridger||Wallasey, St.Marys College|
|4/9/2023||W1||Als||Calday & West Kirby Grammar Schools||Neston|
|25/3/2011||30||Ace Travel||Liverpool||Liverpool / Birkenhead|
|25/3/2011||31||Ace Travel||Liverpool||New Brighton/Liscard|
|24/4/2011||212/213||Eazibus||Birkenhead Bus Station||Arrowe Park Hospital|
|14/8/2011||216/217||Ace Travel||Birkenhead, Woodside||Arrowe Park/Woodside|
|8/10/2012||801||Halton Transport||Royal Liverpool Hospital||Speke, Eastern Avenue|
|17/2/2013||166/167||A2B Travel||Heswall Shore||Heswall Shore|
|1/9/2013||710||Al’S Coaches||Noctorum, Ridgeway High||Bebington Station|
|1/9/2013||618||Al’S Coaches||Noctorum, Ridgeway High||Moreton|
|2/9/2013||618||Impera||Moreton||Noctorum, Ridgeway High|
|2/9/2013||710||Impera||Bebington Station||Noctorum, Ridgeway High|
|15/6/2014||138/139||A2B Travel||Meols Circular||Meols Circular|
|29/6/2014||197||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||Birkenhead, Woodside|
|29/6/2014||213||Avon Buses||Birkenhead Bus Station||Arrowe Park Hospital|
|29/6/2014||40/40A||Avon Buses||Saughall Massie||Mill Park, Clifton Avenue|
|27/7/2014||699||A2B Travel||Raby Mere||Thornton Hough Junior School|
|10/8/2014||807||Cumfybus Ltd||Leasowe, Ross Avenue||Bromborough Industrial Estate|
|10/8/2014||810||Cumfybus Ltd||New Brighton, Kings Parade||Birkenhead, Woodside|
|10/8/2014||817||Cumfybus Ltd||Arrowe Park Hospital||Broughton|
|10/8/2014||865 (165)||Cumfybus Ltd||New Ferry, Shorefields||Birkenhead, Woodside|
|10/8/2014||874||Cumfybus Ltd||Upton Station||Birkenhead Twelve Quays|
|2/9/2014||622||Al’S Coaches||West Kirby, Calday Grammar||Thurstaston|
|19/4/2015||500/501||Stagecoach||Liverpool||Birkenhead/ New Brighton|
|19/4/2015||854||A2B Travel||Claughton Village||Bromborough|
|24/4/2016||225||Stagecoach||Liscard Village||Wallasey Village Circular|
|23/4/2017||86/87||Avon Buses||Heswall||Mill Park / Eastham Ferry|
|23/4/2017||634||Stagecoach||Irby Village||Greasby, Our Lady Of Pity|
|3/9/2017||112/113||A2B Travel||New Ferry||Poulton Lancelyn|
|3/9/2017||118/119||Arriva Merseyside||New Brighton||Mill Park|
|3/9/2017||145/146/286||A2B Travel||Birkenhead Bus Station *||Eastham Ferry|
|3/9/2017||154/155||A2B Travel||Birkenhead Circular||Birkenhead Circular|
|3/9/2017||293||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||West Kirby|
|3/9/2017||649||Avon Buses||Barnston, Bassett Hound||Pensby High School|
|3/9/2017||650||Avon Buses||Noctorum, Ridgeway High||Bebington, Wirral Grammar|
|3/9/2017||652||Avon Buses||Moreton Shore||Bebington, Wirral Grammar|
|3/9/2017||901||Cumfybus Ltd||Leasowe Station||Saughall Massie|
|22/4/2018||696||Al’S Coaches||Birkenhead, University Academy||Bebington Oval|
|2/9/2018||638||Eazibus||Wallasey, Rake Lane||Leasowe, The Wallasey School|
|4/10/2018||164||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside Bus Stn||New Ferry, Shorefields|
|4/10/2018||77/77A||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||Heswall|
|4/10/2018||84/85||Avon Buses||Heswall||Raby Mere / Eastham Ferry|
|4/10/2018||107/207/208||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||New Brighton|
|4/10/2018||124/125||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||Wallasey, Harrison Drive|
|4/10/2018||145||Avon Buses||Moreton Cross / Upton||Mill Park|
|4/10/2018||492/495||Avon Buses||Birkenhead, Woodside||Noctorum/Woodside|
|28/4/2019||228||Stagecoach||Poulton , Poulton Road, Gorsey Lane||Wallasey, Sandy Lane|
|28/4/2019||600||Al’S Coaches||Eastham, South Wirral High||Bebington, Wirral Grammar|
|28/4/2019||612||Stagecoach||Birkenhead School(Shrewsbury Rd/Kingsmead Rd||Poulton Lancelyn, Dibbins Hey|
|28/4/2019||622||Al’S Coaches||West Kirby, Sandy Lane, Caldy Road||West Kirby Grammar|
|28/4/2019||645||Stagecoach||Pensby, Ladymount School||Heswall, Telegraph Road, Rocky Lane South|
|28/4/2019||654||Al’S Coaches||Wallasey, St.Marys College||Moreton Cross|
|28/4/2019||657||Stagecoach||Wallasey, St.Marys College||Saughall Massie, Overchurch Road|
|28/4/2019||664||Eazibus||Woodchurch High School||Upton Village|
|28/4/2019||674||Al’S Coaches||Thingwall Corner||West Kirby|
|28/4/2019||676||Eazibus||West Kirby Grammar||Gayton, Boathouse Lane|
|28/4/2019||697||Stagecoach||Raby Village||Bebington, Wirral Grammar/High School|
|28/4/2019||697||Al’S Coaches||Bebington, Wirral Grammar||Raby Village|
|28/4/2019||705||Al’S Coaches||Oxton, Birkenhead High Academy||Pensby, Sparks Lane|
|28/4/2019||705||Stagecoach||Pensby, Sparks Lane||Oxton, Birkenhead High Academy|
|28/4/2019||712||Stagecoach||Noctorum, Ridgeway High||Bebington Station|
|28/4/2019||636||Eazibus||Hoylake Station||Leasowe, The Wallasey School|