The Anonymous Widower

New Express Bus Improves Links Between Skelmersdale And Liverpool

The title of this post, is the same as that of this news item from Lancashire County Council.

This is the sub-heading.

A new bus service launched this week makes it quicker and easier to travel between Skelmersdale and Liverpool using public transport.

And these are the first two paragraphs.

The 319 Trainlink service, operated by Stagecoach on behalf of Lancashire County Council, runs between Skelmersdale Concourse, Kirkby railway station and Kirkby bus station for onward transport links into Liverpool reducing the travel time between Skelmersdale and Liverpool Central Station to under 50 minutes.

The express service, which launched on Sunday 22 January, operates every 30 minutes throughout the day Monday to Saturday, and every hour in the evening. There is also an hourly service on Sundays. Buses are timed to connect with Merseyrail train services from early ’til late.

Note.

  1. Once the new Headbolt station opens, it will serve that station.
  2. The express bus service has started two days before Merseyrail introduce their new Class 777 trains.
  3. I hope the quality of the buses are up to that of the new trains.
  4. The service is probably the best that can be done, until a train service is built.
  5. There will be integrated fare options between Skelmersdale and Liverpool.

Transport planners need to do more to use buses to extend train services.

January 24, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Interesting – I grew up in St Helens when Skem was a “new town”. I remember for O level geography we did some sort of module on “urban geography” and we were taken on a trip to Skelmersdale New Town. On foot, down the canal, in the pouring rain, in late autumn. We had to changes in what was happening in the canasta different places along it. It was billed as a “wonderful new experience” for us. We did eventually reach the town, very wet and with an understanding of the need for public conveniences along canal tow paths. I don’t think I have been there since. None of us were very impressed with the trip or with the town.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | January 24, 2023 | Reply

  2. Reasonable price for the ticket compared to prices on Surrey buses but looking at teh Stagecoach leaflet for service doesn’t seem to be any through fares on Merseyrail being offered but a pretty cost effective price if you want to use Stagecoach buses to get into Liverpool.
    LCA have got a good vision for the Liverpool city region and surrounding area and if govt really believes in levelling up and devolution to bigger geographical areas it should all be integrated.
    In Germany in each Lander this is what happens with all public transport integrated and covered by various fare structures. You can get a Lander wide ticket for a very reasonable price especially if travelling in a group yet an even cheaper version is then available at regional level. Outcome – public transport is well used and actually doesn’t cost more because of much higher ridership levels.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | January 24, 2023 | Reply

    • The way I read the article, these are introductory fares.
      Currently and for the next two months I can pop down the road get, on a 715 operated by Stagecoach and buy a single ticket from Guildford to Kingston upon Thames for the princely sum of £2. Both the Skelmersdale – Liverpool and Guildford – Kingston journeys are about 16 miles.

      Comment by fammorris | January 25, 2023 | Reply

    • The way I read the article, the Liverpool to Skelmersdale route concerns introductory fares.
      Currently and for the next two months I can pop down the road get, on a 715 operated by Stagecoach and buy a single ticket from Guildford to Kingston upon Thames for the princely sum of £2. Both journeys are about 16 miles.

      Comment by fammorris | January 25, 2023 | Reply

  3. For a long time, I’ve thought that London needs to rethink and use the Freedom Pass as a money maker. They wouldn’t charge current holders anything more, but offer them more services. For instance on Saturday, I’m going to football at Ipswich. The cheapest way to go is to use my Senior Railcard and buy a Day Return ticket from Harold Wood to Ipswich. But to buy this, I have to buy it from the Ticket Office at Liverpool Street, which Greater Anglia are happy to sell me. In fact once the ticket inspector on the train actually jokingly told me off, for buying a too expensive ticket. If I was to buy it from the Freedom Pass web-site, they would give me the best price and get perhaps a couple of quid commission.

    They could also offer those living just outside the zone a discount ticket or perhaps one for their borough for a price.

    The trouble is we have career politicians and control freaks in charge, rather than entrepreneurs, who know how to make money.

    Comment by AnonW | January 24, 2023 | Reply


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