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Bus franchising emerges as "leading option" for Liverpool City Region
Bus franchising emerges as "leading option" for Liverpool City Region

Bus franchising emerges as “leading option” for Liverpool City Region

The Mayor of the Liverpool City Region says bus franchising has emerged as a “leading option” for the area.

According to Combined Authority papers, a bus franchising system has been recommended as the leading option for bus services in the area.

Two years of intensive work have been undertaken to come up with this recommendation, amongst others, including the ‘Big Bus Debate’, which lasted for one year and allowed people in the region to share their experiences of bus travel and their hopes for the future.

Making sure public transport provides for people is vital, given that eight out of 10 public transport journeys in the Liverpool City Region are made by bus.

Understandably, it means buses are critical to the wellbeing of the city’s economy and communities.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, will ask the Combined Authority to support completion of work needed to assess the emerging option of bus franchising against alternatives, because “doing nothing is not an option.”

He said: “Our communities rely on buses to connect them to work, education and training, family, hospitals and other public services, but too often the current, deregulated system is letting people down.

“People have told me through our Big Bus Debate that buses don’t run at times they need them, especially early in the morning, late at night and at weekends, and that too many people find the current system to be confusing, unreliable and expensive. This has to change.

“I am determined to deliver a London-style integrated transport system for the Liverpool City Region.

“There are a number of ways we can achieve that through the powers in the bus services act, but I am clear that whichever model we choose the outcome must be the same: a bus service that is simple, punctual, reliable and affordable.”

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