Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson contacts bus company as residents

Bill Esterson
Formby Labour MP Bill Esterson has written to a new bus provider in the town after residents launched a campaign to save their bus drivers.
Residents launched the campaign after it was revealed that Ace Travel was taking over from current provider Cumfy Bus.
The campaigners say the current drivers are a real part of the Formby community.
Campaign group organiser Alison James, told Bill Esterson: "Our drivers are not just drivers-they are an integral part of our community and they are our friends.


"Paul, Bernie and John have been driving our buses for years. They know everyone and they do more than drive a bus, they make our day. They chat, have a laugh, look after us like no other bus service I have ever come across. 

"Formby is a real community and it would be a devastating blow if we lose these vital people.


"For many residents, the happy banter with our drivers keeps them going, they actually look forward to getting the buses.


"There are also many disabled people who use the bus and the drivers all know them and go out of their way to assist them.


"The children love it if they see that Paul is the driver, as he has silly jokes and games with them. The elderly have a good laugh with him as well. It is priceless and we don't want to lose them."


Bill has now written to Ace Travel with the residents' concerns.


Bill said: "Mrs James and a number of other residents have contacted me concerned that they are going to lose their favourite bus drivers.


"These drivers sound like they are a real asset not just to Formby, but also to the bus provider themselves.


"I have therefore written to Ace Travel to let them know how highly regarded the drivers are by the regular passengers.


"I am sure the Ace Travel will agree that the drivers are an asset and I hope they will be kept on to drive the people of Formby for years to come."

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