Quality Bus Partnerships for Wirral
Quality comes to bus routes between Liverpool and Heswall and Liverpool, Birkenhead and Chester from 8 July 2012.
Bus companies Arriva and First have joined forces with Merseytravel, Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council to improve and integrate services on routes 1, 3 and 401 to provide a better service between Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Chester. And they’ve done the same on routes 71/72/171/172/472 which run between Liverpool and Heswall.
Service numbers 71, 72, 171 172 and 472 will be combined to become the 471 and 472, and the 1, 3 and 401 will become the 1, 2 and X2.
In what is termed a Quality Partnership there will be combined and co-ordinated timetables. This means on both routes a daytime bus every ten minutes throughout Monday to Saturdays daytimes with 30 minute services in the evenings and either 15 minute (471/472) or 30 minute (1,2,X2) frequency on Sundays.
The Quality Partnership also allows tickets issued by either bus company to be used on both companies’ buses on these routes.
Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said; “Both bus companies are to be congratulated on joining in these partnerships with us which is part of our continuing efforts to provide the region with the best possible public transport service.
Howard Farrall, Area Managing Director, Arriva Merseyside, commented: “Working together we can make a real difference to those people who use the Quality Partnership routes. We hope that by continuing to improve the services we offer to our passengers, we can encourage even more people to travel by bus.”
Dave Alexander, First’s Regional Managing Director for North England, agreed: “We are happy to join in partnership with Merseytravel, Wirral Council and Arriva to offer bus customers a more attractive bus service and the aim is certainly to stimulate passenger growth on these bus networks.”
For further information of what Quality Partnerships are, and how they operate, including ticketing and timetables call Traveline on 0871 200 2233. Traveline are open every day from 8am until 8pm