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Arriva is introducing new services in Runcorn and Widnes

24 January 20

New services in Runcorn and Widnes

New bus Arriva services will be available in Runcorn and Widnes from Monday 27th January.

However to ensure as little disruption to customers as possible Arriva will aim to run the majority of these new routes from Saturday 25th January.

Arriva will be introducing these services following the recent announcement by Halton Transport to cease trading.  For the next two weeks all valid Halton tickets will be accepted on all Arriva services in Halton and throughout the wider Merseyside area.

Increasing Arriva’s network will provide:

  • Up to 16 buses per hour between Runcorn and Widnes
  • Up to 10 buses per hour between Runcorn and Murdishaw
  • Up to 6 buses per hour from Runcorn and Widnes to Hough Green
  • Up to 4 buses per hour connecting Runcorn and Widnes to Halebank


View map of Arriva services in Runcorn and Widnes


The extension of the Arriva network allows customers access to all of Arriva’s great value saver tickets across the North West. Arriva’s variety of ticket options mean that it’s never been better value to travel around Halton and right across the North West.

For local journeys within Runcorn and Widnes our Halton Zone ticket is perfect for you, or for longer journeys the Merseyside Plus ticket will cover your needs in Halton and take you across the whole of Merseyside and into Warrington.

Commuters can enjoy the convenience and save more with our four-weekly ticket, and for families, enjoying outings have never been easier with our great value family ticket. All our buses accept contactless payment, making your journey even smoother.

Arriva would like to welcome all Halton Drivers and Engineers to apply for a position within Arriva.  To make this as easy as possible Arriva will be holding another recruitment Open Day at its Runcorn depot in Beechwood, on Saturday 25th January from 9.00 until 16.00 (no booking needed) following the previously successful day we have had on 22nd and 24th January.

Anyone wishing to attend the Open Day must bring their CPC Card*, PCV Driving Licence* (if applicable) and Proof of right to work in UK (UK Passport or Birth Certificate).  We will guarantee any Halton employee who attends our Open Day the opportunity for an assessment/interview.

(* essential for driver applicants, preferred for engineering applicants)

For the most up to date information look at Arriva North West's social media pages.


Route 6: Upton Rocks - Liverpool

One early morning trip. This journey run approximately 10 minutes earlier than now. This service is operated under contract to Merseytravel. View new timetable.


Service 14A busRoute 14A: Murdishaw - Hough Green

The 14A will run every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, then every 30 minutes Saturday and Sunday. For customers traveling between Hough Green to Murdishaw via Widnes Green Oaks, Castlefields, Palacefields and terminating at Murdishaw. View new timetable.

Customers wanting to travel through to Liverpool, can changeover at Widnes Green Oaks onto the Arriva 79C or 500.  The 79C runs every 20 minutes Monday – Friday and 30 Minutes Saturday and Sunday. The 500 service runs every 30 minutes to Liverpool (All Week).


Route 17: St Helens - Widnes

Arriva will continue to operate its 17 service between Widnes and St Helens as per our registered times. In addition, we will also look to provide additional capacity where necessary. Arriva will be introducing a new and improved frequency for our 17 service imminently.

Update: Service 17 will now operate every 30 minutes

View timetable.


Route 61: Broadgreen (The Rocket) - Huyton Bus Station – Halton Hospital

The 61 will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday.  Please note the Sunday service will operate from Huyton to Halton Hospital, and not Broadgreen on an hourly frequency.

Please note that the service will follow a different route to the previous Halton 61 once it gets to Bowring Park Road it will continue onto Queens Drive, Rocky Lane and back onto Bowring Park Road to return to Halton. View new timetable.

UPDATE: from Monday 3rd February route 61 will be extended to from Broadgreen into Liverpool city centre, which has been possible with the support of Merseytravel.


Service 62 busRoute 62: Halebank - Murdishaw

The 62 will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. There will be no Sunday service, however customers wishing to travel on Sundays are able to use the Arriva 500 service which runs every 30 minutes.

Customers wanting to travel through to Warrington can use the Arriva 110 which runs every 15 minutes (Monday to Friday) from Widnes Green Oaks to Warrington. View new timetable.


Route 200 – Runcorn Station – Murdishaw – Business Park Circular

The 200 will continue to run to its current route and timetable (Monday to Friday, service provided with support from Halton Borough Council). View new timetable.

Route 201: Speke - Royal Liverpool Hospital

The 201 will continue to run to its current timetable. The service will be operated using our popular Click vehicles which include WiFi, USB, at-seat tables and air conditioning. View new timetable.


Please note that we aim to run as many of these timetabled journeys as possible from Saturday, however there will be a transition period whilst the resources are put in place and there may be some disruption to these timetables during the first week.
Please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates, where we will detail any journeys which may be affected.