West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the decision of Liverpool City Region and Arriva not to reduce the 310 bus to a once an hour service.
The 310 bus route runs between Skelmersdale and Liverpool, and is for many in West Lancashire the only practical public transport link to the city. In June, Liverpool City Region announced they were consulting on whether to reduce the service from every 30 minutes to once an hour.
After being made aware of this proposal, MP Rosie wrote to the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel Chair, Cllr Liam Robinson to raise serious concerns about the significant negative impact this change would have on her constituents. Liam Robinson has now responded to Rosie to confirm that a decision has been made to keep the service running every 30 minutes.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“This is very welcome news, but I am still astounded it was being considered in the first place. Skelmersdale already has atrocious public transport links, and the rail proposal has just had a huge setback, to have gone through with the ridiculous proposal to move the 310 bus to once an hour would have been unbelievable and added insult to injury.
“It was great to meet with Liam Robinson and I am grateful for his swift confirmation that this reduction of service will not be taking place. During our meeting we had a productive discussion about the vital cross boundary services that run from Merseyside to West Lancashire. We need to be improving our public transport and I am committed to getting the best outcome for Skelmersdale residents. First and foremost, that means a train station!”