Bus services leave parts of Wirral like ‘no man’s land’


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The “rude” bus services to parts of the Wirral left residents feeling like they were in “no man’s land”.

We asked people about their experiences with the bus routes, the layout across the area, and which buses they would like to see.

Many have talked about areas of Wirral where you will need to take at least two buses, or go to Liverpool just to catch the correct bus across Wirral.

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Wirral resident Anna Murray said: “The bus services are dire. I just walk or drive. Like I would rather walk even a few miles than the hassle and cost of the bus.”

And Dianne Orhan said: “Think Birkenhead center is ok because all buses go through this point …. But everywhere else they are scarce or it is a change in Birkenhead.

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Following the concerns raised, we also asked the two main bus companies in Wirral if they were planning to increase their services or introduce new ones.

Arriva said they regularly review their services and welcome comments, while Stagecoach said some areas are not “financially viable”.

Are there any bus lines you would like to see or problems with the existing lines? Send an email to [email protected]

These are some of the areas and roads that the people of Wirral have trouble with;

Secombe

Seacombe is in Wallasey and according to Wirral’s latest annual public health report, which uses data from the 2011 census, only 30.9% of households have access to a car, meaning the rest depend on walking, bicycle, taxis or public transport.

People who shared their views with ECHO said it was like living in “no man’s land” after 6pm when some services shut down.

Sybil Bergman said: “I can’t go to dinner in Liverpool because the 433 stops at 6:20 p.m. or something !! Ridiculous. That means taking two buses and waiting half an hour in Liscard because when the 432 comes in, the 413 has already left the stop. “

Jan Kostanczuk said: “We have no service from Seacombe to Poulton after Weatherhead School other than school buses. Also, nothing goes through Leasowe Estate early in the morning and again in the evening.”

Kerry Piercy said: “It’s like living in no man’s land after 6pm! I can’t go to Liverpool or Birkenhead and come back unless I take two buses and walk.”

Getting to the hospital



Arrowe Park Hospital

People also said that without a car it was very difficult to get to the main hospital by bus.

Sandie Johnson said: “It’s appalling! I don’t have a car and getting to Arrowe Park Hospital is extremely difficult. How can you expect people to be persuaded to reduce their carbon footprint? and use public transportation when, frankly, it’s completely c ** p. “

Dianne Orhan said: “It’s awful. When my mom was in the hospital, my dad couldn’t even get to the hospital on a Sunday from Wallasey.”

Forgotten domains?



Woodside Ferry and Bus Terminal, Birkenhead.  Photo by Colin Lane
Woodside Ferry and Bus Terminal, Birkenhead. Photo by Colin Lane

Bus services to some of Wirral’s larger areas have also been increased, with some feeling that there are not enough services across them, and buses only go to Birkenhead.

Claire Louise Amey said: “Noctorum has two buses which leave within minutes of each other for Birkenhead.

“One goes through Beechwood, the other through Prenton but if you want to go somewhere else it’s two or three buses.”

Switch from one side of Wirral to the other

Some said they would like to see more direct buses crossing the Wirral from east to west.

Lucy Keating said: “Well, the worst part is going across Wirral. To get to Heswall from Liscard it takes two buses and an hour and 20 minute ride, to cover what should be a 25 minute ride.

“No late bus except 432 which ends around 11:30 pm.”



Birkenhead Bus Station.
Birkenhead Bus Station.

Emma Louise Kenchington said: “Some places on the Wirral don’t have direct links, you have to change to quite a few places, for example if I wanted to go to West Kirby from Wallasey I would have to change at Birkenhead or if I wanted to go to Parkgate, I had to take a bus to Liverpool and then a bus to Parkgate. “

Andrew G. Peckham said: “A direct bus from Liscard to Heswall might be fine – what about a station closer to Liscard than Birkenhead north or the village of Wallasey?”

Barbara Corfield said: “Only one bus from Eastham to West Kirby. Number 38. It takes an hour and 46 minutes. Google Maps says it takes 30 minutes less if you are cycling!”

What did the bus companies say?

When we asked Arriva about people’s concerns and issues with providing buses, they said that ECHO’s travel patterns changed dramatically during the pandemic and they aimed to match where there was pressure. asks – but they did not rule out changes in the future.

A spokesperson for Arriva said: “We regularly review our bus network across Merseyside to ensure that we are providing a service that meets customer demand, and as customer travel habits have changed dramatically over the years. Over the past 18 months, it is critical that we continue to prioritize our resources over delivering capacity to match demand – as we have done throughout the pandemic.

“We always value feedback from our passengers and will take that feedback into consideration in our next business review to ensure that we are serving communities to the best of our ability. “



An image of a Stagecoach bus
An image of a Stagecoach bus

A spokesperson for Stagecoach told ECHO that most bus services are provided on a commercial basis, but Merseytravel provides financial support for socially necessary services “where demand is reasonable”.

They also said some of people’s suggestions for more bus provision in the Noctorum, Beechwood and Wallasey would not be commercially viable.

They said: “Stagecoach regularly assesses opportunities to improve bus services in the Wirral area, but demand for commuter to suburban travel on the Wirral has always been low.

“At the present time, we do not believe that the improved links between Noctorum, Beechwood and Wallasey and other parts of the borough far from the center of Birkenhead, where good opportunities exist to change buses and establish the connection, would be commercially viable. “

And the good one?

But it wasn’t all bad news, some thought, compared to other places, Wirral has a decent supply.

Daisy Loveday said: “I don’t think people here realize how good public transport is.

“I can take seven different buses to most places on the Wirral from my house near St Caths. In Wales where I lived, if you weren’t driving you were screwed because the buses were hourly to the best of places. “

Donna Jones said: “I find the bus services on the Wirral to be very good but I lived in Wales and it was an hourly service if I was lucky I am now in St Catherine’s and so on. it’s great that you can walk all over the Wirral, and have easy access to Liverpool and Chester. ”

Mick Cattrell said: “New Brighton has the best transport in Wallasey. Direct buses to large parts of the Wirral. Excellent bus service to Liverpool and on the Merseyrail network. What more are you waiting for?

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Wiley C. Thompson