Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson slams Tory Government cuts which have led to 311 bus service axe as he urges Arriva to think again

Bill Esterson and Andy Wilson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has hit out at government cuts which is leading to the axing of the 311 bus service in Lydiate.

Arriva has announced changes to bus services in East Sefton, which include the axing of the 311.

But many people in Lydiate rely on the 311 to get to and from Ormskirk.

Bill Esterson has written to Merseytravel to see if there is any way they can protect at least part of the service.

The MP said this was another symptom of savage Tory cuts, that were supported by the Lib Dems when in government.

Bill said: "Over the last five years the Tories and Lib Dems made deep cuts to bus services by cutting the funding to Merseytravel.

"Since the Conservatives were elected in May, we have seen these cuts deepen even further.

"Many people in Lydiate rely on the 311 and the loss of this service will have a profound effect on them.

"Merseytravel is in a very difficult position because it doesn't have the money to run the service itself.

"So when private companies like Arriva make decisions to cut services like this, Merseytravel just isn't in a position to stop to step in."

But Bill has contacted Merseytravel to urge them to do what they can to save the service.

Bill said: "I have written to Merseytravel to see if they can do anything with Arriva to reverse their decision.

"The cut to the 311 will have a massive effect on people in Lydiate but it also shows that a deregulating bus service leads to decisions being made that are not in the interests of the people who rely no services.

"This effects people who rely on the services and the local economy too, as people need good public transport to get to and from work and to and from shops and businesses.

"What is needed is a public transport system that is run in the interest of passengers and communities who rely on the service. We need a bus service and a public transport service that people can rely on so older and younger people alike can use a reliable bus service. But with the cuts being made by this Tory Government, that is becoming less and less likely.

"Good public transport makes economic sense as well as helping local communities, but this Tory government, and the Tory-Lib Dem Government before it, doesn't seem to realise this.

"I will continue to do all I can and I will urge Merseytravel to do all they can do to support our communities and protect our services."