Christmas Day Buses throughout Merseyside

The free buses help people make hospital visits or to spend time with friends and family.Mark Youdan & Tom Harrison

This year is no different in the way that services on Christmas Day are run to previous years on Merseyside, the service provided is entirely paid for by Merseytravel which this year was contracted out to Stagecoach MCSL.

I seem to be making this a yearly habit of venturing out before Christmas dinner to photograph the local free Christmas day bus services that operate on the Wirral. This year is relatively the same as last year, with the free services provided and paid for by Merseytravel which is then contracted out to various operators.

This year, however, Mark Youdan has kindly supplied some photographs of the services operating in Liverpool, such as the 10A, 12A and 102.

The idea of providing these services is to help people who need to travel on Christmas day, particularly to Hospitals. Merseytravel provides a number of special free bus services that are ideal for hospital visitors throughout Merseyside.

Free Christmas day bus services on the Wirral consisted of service 410 which runs from New Brighton Kings Parade to Clatterbridge Hospital serving Birkenhead town centre on the way, and service H1 which runs from New Brighton Kings Parade to Mill Park Estate serving Arrowe Park Hospital following the now-withdrawn 118 route.

The 410 and H1 were both contracted to Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire, the services where allocated Alexander Dennis Enviro300 integrals from Gillmoss depot in north Liverpool. Although Stagecoach has a depot in Birkenhead on the Wirral, it always makes sense to only open one depot or garage to save paying two allocators and other admin staff.

Over on the other side of the River Mersey, the following services were in operation; 10A between Queen Square Bus Station and St Helens Bus Station. 12A between Queen Square and Huyton Bus Station. 21A between Liverpool One Bus Station and Kirkby Bus Station. 44 between Formby and Crossens. 62A between Crosby and Aintree University Hospital. 102 between Broadgreen Hospital and Aintree University Hospital. 201 between Queen Square and Speke Morrisons. Not forgetting the H2 and H3 services between Whiston Hospital and St Helens Bus Station.

The above services were also operated by Alexander Dennis Enviro300 integrals, apart from the H2 and H3 services in St Helens, which used Optare Solo M850 midibuses also from Gillmoss Depot.

Finally, on behalf of the entire team at The North West Bus Blog, I would like to wish all of our readers a happy and healthy New Year for 2019.

Tom Harrison
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