Maghull Labour campaigner calls for meeting with Arriva over axi

Patrick McKinley


Maghull Labour Action Team leader Patrick McKinley has asked for a meeting with Arriva's area managing director Howard Farrall to discuss the axing of the 351.

The service, which runs from Liverpool City Centre, through Rice Lane in Walton, Aintree, Old Roan, Maghull and ends at Ashworth Hospital, is scheduled to be withdrawn from march 13.

Patrick, who is also the Labour candidate for Sudell Ward in May's local elections, said while the axing of the service had been taken as part of the cost cutting process, people along the route rely on the service each and every day.

Patrick said: "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.

"Arriva have said the decision to cut the service was based on a lack of passengers, but from the number of concerned calls we've had, that simply cannot be the case.

"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.

"So I have invited Mr Farrall across to Maghull to discuss the issue and to put some of the concerns fro the residents to him."

Patrick is calling on other public transport users in the town to let him know what they think of the services.

Patrick said: "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 in Maghull and the surrounding areas."

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