Lydiate Parish Council Labour vice chairman welcomes news Arriva are to provide earlier morning bus service

Lydiate Parish Council vice chairman Cllr Andy Wilson.

Lydiate Parish Council vice chairman Cllr Andy Wilson has welcomed news that Arriva is looking at starting the 310 service earlier to give people in Lydiate better access to public transport in the morning.

Cllr Wilson urged residents throughout Lydiate to contact Arriva and Merseytravel to complain about the axing of the historic 311 bus service.

In a response to Lydiate residents' complaints about the ending of the service, Merseytravel chairman Cllr Liam Robinson this week confirmed that the bus company could extend the 310 service.

Cllr Robinson wrote: "Arriva took the decision to withdraw the 311 service and instead operate all journeys as a 310, meaning that Lydiate is now served by the half hourly 300 service. The passenger figures for the usage on the withdrawn early morning section suggested it was poorly used, but regardless of that it has created difficulty for some people in accessing public transport early in the morning, with the first 300 operating through to Liverpool at 06:23.

"Merseytravel's Bus Development section have been in direct contact with Arriva, and I can confirm that Arriva are currently looking into possible ways of introducing an earlier start to the bus service in the Lydiate area."

Cllr Willson said the move to provide an earlier 300 service was a welcome first step in improving public transport links in Lydiate.

Cllr Wilson said: "Lydiate is a largely rural community and lots of people who live here rely on public transport. It was appalling that Arriva withdrew the 311, which has been running for well over 50 years. It served as a vital link from Lydiate to and from Liverpool and Ormskirk.

"The rural nature of Lydiate means that this community needs a public transport system that allows people to get and from work. That therefore means an earlier bus service.

"So I welcome the announcement that Arriva is looking into it and I would urge them to implement the positive changes as soon as possible."

Cllr Wilson is again urging everyone in Lydiate and Maghull to write to Arriva to call on them to make the service improvements.

Cllr Wilson said: "Arriva made this decision to cut the 311 for financial reasons. Merseytravel are not in a position to help because of government cuts.

"So we as a community need to stand together and lobby Arriva and Merseytravel to make the public transport improvements that we need in Lydaite..

"Please write to Arriva and write to Merseytravel to put that case to them."

To write to Arriva, log on to www.arrivabus.co.uk/contact-us/get-in-touch-today/, or write to: Arriva Customer Services, FREEPOST ANG 7624, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8BR.