West Lancashire Parliamentary Candidate Rosie Cooper has responded to constituents’ concerns over the rerouting of Arriva’s 375/385 bus services.
The two buses which have stopped at Southport Hospital main entrance, have been rerouted meaning that passengers travelling from Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, now have to disembark at a side entrance on Scarisbrick New Road, and walk the remaining distance, or use a poorly lit and uneven track to the rear of the hospital.
Many residents have written to Rosie and spoken to her whilst out campaigning raising their concerns about the additional walking distance, particularly those ill, elderly, disabled and regular patients of Southport Hospital.
Having written to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, Arriva and Lancashire County Council, Rosie met with Arriva Merseyside Managing Director Howard Farrall along with representatives from LCC and Merseytravel seeking a U-turn on the changes.
“I am very concerned about the rerouting of the bus service which takes many residents from Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and West Lancashire to Southport Hospital.
“The change in route causes difficulties to many users of Southport Hospital, particularly the elderly and disabled.
“Having met with Arriva Merseyside, I have been promised they will relook at the routing of the 375/385 bus and at the problems being experienced especially by elderly and disabled patients.
“I will keep an eye on this situation and push for a quick response.”