This weekend Arriva North West’s once popular cross-river night bus services in Liverpool were withdrawn after last service on the 26th July 2014, after the operator said the services are no longer economically viable due to falling passenger numbers.
Night buses are considered a safe and cheaper alternative for those getting home from a night out in the city centre, and also those coming home from work in the early hours.
Services including the N23 between Liverpool to Moreton, N37 between Liverpool to West Kirby and N450 between Liverpool to New Brighton have all been withdrawn without replacement.
A spokesperson for Arriva Merseyside said: “Unfortunately, the number of customers travelling on the Wirral night bus services has fallen significantly during the past few years.
“The night bus services are costly to operate and the falling passenger numbers have resulted in the decision to withdraw the services. We apologise to our customers who are affected by this change.”
The N23 and N37 night buses departed Liverpool Queen Square Bus Station every half hour from around 1230hrs until around 0400hrs on Sunday mornings. The N450 ran on Saturday and Sunday mornings every 20 minutes between 1210 and 0500hrs.
A spokesperson for Merseytravel said: “We are aware of Arriva’s decision to withdraw its weekend night bus services between Liverpool and Wirral. We recognise that these services are important to the night time economy and we’re currently in talks to explore the potential for additional services.”
It leaves Wirral with just one-night bus, the 500 and 501 services from Liverpool to Birkenhead operated by Ace Travel, both services combined provides a seven days a week service but travels a shorter distance to just Hamilton Square in Birkenhead.
Merseytravel’s 150 service, which was brought in to cover days when there were no commercial cross-river night bus services, will also be withdrawn on the 3rd August following the introduction of Ace Travel’s commercial 500 service.