Local bus services to increase as government restrictions are eased

Local bus services to increase as government restrictions are eased

by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Arriva will be increasing the frequency of some bus timetables in Merseyside from April 11th as non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, indoor leisure and outdoor settings begin to reopen. 

The new timetables will see increased Monday to Friday frequencies and additional morning journeys introduced to many services in Merseyside, to help local communities’ access retail and businesses reopening.

Full details of all the changes can be found at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/merseyapr21 with all timetables available to view and download at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus-timetable-information or using the Arriva UK Bus App which is free to download from the app store.

Also, following the re-opening of the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Arriva services will be re-routed off the Mersey Gateway Bridge from Sunday 11 April 2021.

Services 61, 62, 79C, 82A, 110 and 200 will all be revised to operate via the Silver Jubilee Bridge, which will also involve some minor changes to times. Services 61 and 79C will also be revised to serve Runcorn East Train Station. Some minor changes to times will also be made to service X30. Further details can be found at www.arrivabus.co.uk/sjbridge

In line with government guidance, Arriva is still operating social distancing measures on all buses. Seats within two metres of the driver are still taped off, however wheelchair spaces will always remain available. A no standing policy is still in place on all non-school journeys. Customers are still required to wear a face-covering on board and throughout their journey, exemptions apply. When on board capacities are met, buses will show a “bus full” sign and drivers will only stop to let passengers off.

Where you see the ‘Bus Full’ sign:

The bus will only stop when people want to get off

If the bus stops only one passenger will be able to board for every passenger that disembarks

Be prepared to wait and please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you.

Howard Farrall Area Managing Director at Arriva, said: “At Arriva we are committed to running vital services to allow communities to access all of the reopening services and businesses. Rest assured that during these times of change we are continually monitoring service levels in line with demand and will, wherever we can, adapt our services to meet this. We encourage all who are traveling to check our website at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus-timetable-information for up-to-date advice and bus times before they travel.”.


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