As part of a shake-up of some South Liverpool bus services, Arriva North West has demoted the dedicated Liverpool city centre to Liverpool John Lennon Airport into an ordinary stopping service, adding up to 5 minutes to the journey.
The 500 express bus service from Liverpool One Bus Station to Liverpool John Lennon Airport will become a stopping service from the 2nd September 2018.
Currently the dedicated 500 bus service currently runs every half hour between the airport and Liverpool One, with just a handful of stops in-between.
From September, the 82A will be replaced by a revised and extended 500 service between Liverpool and Murdishaw via Riverside, Aigburth, Liverpool South Parkway, Estuary Commerce Park, John Lennon Airport, Speke, Hale, Halebank, Widnes, Runcorn High Street, Halton Lodge, Halton Lea and Halton Hospital – becoming a full stopping service.
A spokesman for Arriva North West told the Liverpool Echo: “I can confirm that the section of route between the airport and the city will become a normal stopping service, however, this will only change the overall journey time by up to 5 minutes.
“We will be using our latest greener technology single deck gas buses for the new route. We are currently having luggage racks designed and retro fitted to the buses.”
Similarly, a spokesperson for Liverpool John Lennon Airport said: “Importantly the merging of the existing 82A and 500 services that currently operate to and from the Airport will continue to maintain direct public transport access between Halton, the Airport and Liverpool City Centre.”
“The vehicles being used are more environmentally friendly and whilst the revised service will add just an additional 5 minutes to the journey time, the good news for passengers is that this service will run on longer in the evenings with an extra 4-5 hours of operations compared to the existing service giving airport passengers more opportunities to use public transport.”
The new 500 will run on the existing 500 route between Liverpool One and Liverpool South Parkway, it will follow the existing 82A route from Estuary Commerce Park to Runcorn High Street.
Between Runcorn High Street and Halton Lea, the 500 will operate via the existing 79C route. From Halton Lea, buses will run via the busway and Halton Hospital to Murdishaw.
The 500 between the Liverpool One Bus Station and Liverpool John Lennon Airport it will continue to run every 30 minutes, with buses operating every 15 minutes on the Murdishaw to Runcorn section of the route.