BUS ROUTES: Bus users reminded of changes to city centre routes
- Some key city centre bus routes will change from 24 January
- Majority will see no difference to where they board or alight
- Morning peak time services retained on key routes through to commercial district
Bus users are being reminded that changes are coming to a select number of bus routes in Liverpool City Services from 24 January. While most people will see no change to their journeys, some passengers will need to board or alight their bus at a different stop.
Government guidance is currently to stay at home, but these changes to routes have been planned for several months and will still come into effect during this period of national restrictions.
The majority of bus services in the city centre will remain unchanged with more still being retained during morning peak travel times thanks to revisions driven by customer feedback from bus users received during an opportunity to comment held last summer.
The plans were put together in response to Liverpool City Council’s £45m City Centre Connectivity Scheme (LCCCS) and changes in road layout including on Lime Street and The Strand.
Boarding and alighting points for most services will generally be focussed in or around Queen Square and Liverpool ONE bus stations, with a frequent cross-city provision running between both bus stations for those who need it.
The LCCCS has been designed to make the city cleaner and more environmentally friendly, changing how traffic from cars, buses and bikes to pedestrians all move through the city, reducing congestion and improving air quality.
The scheme involves the radical redesign of major highways such as Lime Street and The Strand, new dedicated cycle lanes, more than 200 new trees, a new water feature by St George’s Hall, as a well as a new Bus Hub to accommodate layovers and change in services.
Key changes to routes:
- Hanover Street Services: 82 services will continue to operate as they currently do in the short term. Following the introduction of successful bus priority measures – 82 services will serve Hanover Street, with all journeys operating in both directions.
- Commercial District Services: The majority of services currently operating to Dale Street, Mann Island and James Street will start and finish at Queen Square Bus Station or Sir Thomas Street – however a number of services will continue to travel through in the morning peak period.
- Brownlow Hill Services: Due to the closure of Lime Street, services will not be able to travel across to Queen Square. Instead journeys will split at Paddington, with the 61 and 79C operating via London Road to Queen Square and all 79 journeys via Brownlow Hill and Hanover Street to Liverpool ONE.
- 80 & 80A rerouted, but will be reviewed: The 80 and 80A services will operate via Berry Street and Duke Street to Liverpool ONE Bus Station. Routes will be reviewed in Spring 2021 following the introduction of successful bus priority measures on Hanover Street
- Services 82D & 86D withdrawn: Due to changes to roadways as part of the connectivity scheme, it will no longer be possible for any bus services to travel to Queen Square from Lime Street South which means that this onward journey to the business district is not possible
- Cross-City provision: Service 10A will continue to operate as normal through the day, offering a link between Queen Square and Liverpool ONE Bus Stations.
Words: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
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