Labour Action Teams meet Arriva over axing of 351 bus service in

Patrick McKinley 351 Bus Service


Maghull and Aintree Labour Action Team is meeting with Arriva this week to discuss residents' concerns over the axing of the 351 bus service.

The meeting has been called after the company decided to cut the bus service which ran from Liverpool City Centre, through Rice Lane in Walton, Aintree, Old Roan, Maghull and ends at Ashworth Hospital.

It was withdrawn on Sunday (March 14) as Arriva said the service was not commercially viable.

Residents have inundated the Labour Action Teams with concerns since the announcement last month.

Maghull Labour Action Team leader Patrick McKinley and Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson have called the meeting with a selection of residents who have made complaints about the withdrawal of the bus service and Arriva
area managing director Howard Farrall.

Patrick, who is also said: "I am delighted that Mr Farrall has accepted our invitation to come along meet some of the residents who rely on the 351. It is an opportunity for people to make their suggestions directly to the company on how the service can be saved, or how the area can be better served by the remaing buses.

"Since it was announced that the service was being axed, the Maghull Labour Action Team has been inundated with calls and emails from concerned users.

"I understand that things are very difficult for bus companies at the moment, but I do believe the company has made a mistake in this case.

"Without the 351 service, people in the Eastway and Foxhouse Lane area of Maghull have no direct public transport links with Liverpool City Centre. For the Maghull area there will be just one hourly bus link with the city.

"For a sizeable urban area such as Maghull and in light of Arriva's commendable efforts to promote the use of public over private transport amongst Sefton residents, I believe this decision requires further consultation.

"People have put forward some very valid alternatives which we will ensure that Arriva consider when we meet them next week."

ill Esterson said he was pleased the bus company was coming in to meet with the residents.

Bill said: "There are lots of difficulties for public transport providers at the moment as we all know, but as we know, public transport is a vital method of keeping the local economy going. By axing services you are restricting people's ability to get around and from travelling to and from work.

"This obviously damages local business and the local economy.

"But very often the very people who use the services are the last people to be listened to and consulted on what services are required. So I want to ensure that all of the views are passed on to Arriva so they can make a fully informed decision on the future of the services throughout East Sefton."

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