Night Buses Return in Merseyside & Cheshire

Night Buses Return in Merseyside & Cheshire
A night bus loads with passengers in Liverpool's Sir Thomas Street bound for Chester back in 2015.Tom Harrison

It is great news for party-goers and nighttime commuters in Merseyside and Cheshire as Arriva and Stagecoach are introducing 24/7 services to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and a weekend night bus service to Chester by Stagecoach.

Arriva and Stagecoach will start running 24/7 night bus services in Liverpool on 4th September. Stagecoach will also be providing a weekend night bus service to Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port and Chester from the 9th September.

In Liverpool, the 86 (provided by Stagecoach) and 86A (provided by Arriva) will run “all night, every night” from Liverpool One Bus Station via Smithdown Road to Penny Lane and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Buses will start leaving Liverpool One Bus Station every 30 minutes between 12.29am and 4.59am. The Arriva 86A will leave at 29 past the hour and the Stagecoach 86 service will leave at 59 minutes past each hour. The full daytime timetable and route will kick back in from 5.24am.

The Stagecoach 86 service will only run between Liverpool One Bus Station and Penny Lane, while the Arriva 86A will extend via Penny Lane onwards to Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Normal ticketing will apply on night time 86 and 86A journeys, including all Arriva Day and Weekly saver and Stagecoach Dayrider, weekly Megarider and Xtra tickets. Arriva Day and Weekly savers are also valid for travel on Stagecoach 86 journeys. We understand Merseytravel Solo and Trio tickets will also be accepted.

In Wirral and Cheshire, Stagecoach is running its N1 service every Friday and Saturday starting on Friday 9th September 2016. The service will operate numbered N1 between midnight and 1am but the route will not change.

The last bus to Chester from Liverpool Sir Thomas Street is 1.35am.

The last bus to Ellesmere Port Bus Station from Liverpool Sir Thomas Street is 3.05am.

The last bus to Liverpool Whitechapel from Chester Bus Exchange is 1.35am.

The last bus to Birkenhead from Chester Bus Exchange is 3.05am.

Stagecoach Dayrider, weekly Megarider and Xtra tickets will be available and accepted for night time journeys on the N1. Single and return tickets will also be available. We understand Merseytravel Solo and Trio tickets will also be accepted within the relevant boundaries.

Arriva axed its weekend cross-river night bus services back in July 2014, stating that they had become too costly to run due to falling passenger numbers.

There were also the 500 and 501 night bus services, which ran from the city centre to Hamilton Square and New Brighton, but these were withdrawn shortly after Ace Travel Ceased Trading.

Night Buses were re-introduced in December 2015 for the festive period on a trial basis, with services running to Chester, Page Moss, Croxteth, Garston and Waterloo.

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  • Mark Smith
    August 24, 2016, 7:05 pm

    What is the point in the N1 going to all the areas that dont need a night bus? It could save so much time. Sutton Oaks Way, Coaks and Colliseum and Upton are useless at that time of night. Should run like X2 from Port. More people will be going to hospitals in the middle of the night for A&E than will be going to Cheshire Oaks.

    Also, why not run it at regular intervals and then resume normal service in morning? All those Uni students who would use the bus only have 1 bus later if going to Chester. I know quite a lot of people who said they would use it but it takes too long.

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