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Arriva bus service changes ‘cutting off the community’

Call for ‘serious conversations’ by ward councillors

Arriva is cutting the Banks Number 47 bus

Arriva has been accused of cutting off a community following the company’s decision to change a popular bus route.

The people of Banks Village are in uproar, saying the 47 route, which will now terminate at Crossens, is a vital link for the elderly, disabled and children.

Margaret Wright said: “I live in the sheltered bungalows and I can say that this is going to affect us greatly. The service that the number 47 provides is brilliant and perfect for the local residents in Banks to take us to and from Southport.”

Another resident, who did not wished to be named, said: “This is the route my children take to school; there is not going to be another way for them to get there without leaving much earlier.”

Derek Kay said: “I just do not understand the logic of this decision. The 47 is always busy and with all the new developments in the area, it’s cutting off the community.”

Carol Griffiths, president of the Banks WI, said: “It will not only affect residents, but businesses will suffer, such as the Riverside Holiday Park.”

Councillors Paul Blane and Malcolm Barron have also hit out at Arriva.

Cllr Blane said: “It’s disappointing that a large organisation such as Arriva are not listening to the people it serves. We need to be having serious conversations at a county, borough and national level over this.”

Cllr Barron, newly elected to North Meols ward, said: “Whilst there is a bus service that runs from Southport to Preston, this service operates at a far less frequent timetable than that of the 47 service. This is not acceptable for Banks.”

An Arriva spokesperson said: “Changes have been made to service 47, which will terminate at Crossens, no longer serving Banks and Riverside, as this part of the route does not carry enough customers throughout the day to maintain the service.

“The Stagecoach 2 service continues to serve the area and onward journeys can be made by changing at Southport.

“We apologise to our customers who are adversely affected by these changes.

“We must ensure we operate as efficiently as possible and will continue to monitor and review on a regular basis.”

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