Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire have partnered with Everton Football Club to promote its direct 919 bus service that operates between Liverpool city centre and Goodison Park for the 2018/19 season.
The improved 919 service will operate on matchdays from St John’s Lane, opposite Lime Street Station in Liverpool city centre. The first bus departs two hours before kick-off and then at frequent intervals to ensure arrival at the ground ahead of the start of the match.
After the game, buses will be departing from Walton Lane, opposite the Everton club shop, ten minutes after the final whistle.
This season, Stagecoach has increased the number of dedicated buses operating on the 919 service, giving match-goers an easy and affordable route to Goodison Park.
Dayrider tickets cost £4.20 for an adult and just £2.10 for under 19s. Tickets allow unlimited day travel across the Merseyside region. Payment can be made via the Stagecoach App or via contactless or cash on board the bus.
Every Everton season ticket holder can travel for free for the first home Premier League game of the 2018/19 season against Southampton by simply showing their season ticket card to the driver.
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire are one of four regional partners for Everton Football Club for the 2018/19 season.
To help launch the new service, former midfielder Leon Osman went undercover to surprise a group of Evertonians who volunteered to take part in the test-run of the route. Dressed as an older gentleman, the unrecognisable Osman played Noel Mason, the worst passenger ever.
Managing Director for Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, Rob Jones, said: “This is about giving fans the chance to leave the car at home and get to the match without the added stress that comes with driving to the game.
“Stagecoach provides great value travel options for supporters of all ages. Fans can get to and from Goodison Park with ease this season using a Dayrider ticket that gives unlimited day travel across Merseyside. And with contactless payment methods on board, bus travel has never been more straightforward.
“We look forward to working with Everton Football Club throughout the season and welcoming thousands of Evertonians on our buses across the year.”
Mark Rollings, Head of Partnerships at Everton, said: “We look forward to working alongside Stagecoach in promoting their services including the 919 bus. This is a great initiative for supporters which will provide a safe, reliable and trustworthy way for Blues to come to the match. Supporters from all over the world come to Goodison Park and this non-stop service from Liverpool City Centre offers fans an affordable transport option.”
For more information on the service, visit the dedicated Stagecoach webpage.