A dedicated fleet of up to 30 brand new hybrid buses will be taking Merseyrail passengers cross-river during the Wirral Loop Line track renewal works, between January and June 2017.
This comes as part of a £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region’s railways, which will see Network Rail engineers working day and night, 40 metres underground, replacing the track and concrete. Between January and June 2017, the existing concrete and track between Wirral and Liverpool will be dug out and new concrete and track laid in its place.
The brand new hybrid buses from Arriva will have WiFi, USB charging points and e-leather seats as standard. Buses will meet people at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central and take them on a direct, express service to Moorfields and Lime Street for Liverpool Central. Keeping customers moving in 21st-century style and comfort is all part of the service.
If you usually take a bike on board Merseyrail trains, this has also been covered, by a special hourly ‘Bike Bus‘ operating between Birkenhead and Liverpool.
Howard Farrall, Arriva Merseyside’s managing director, said: “We are very proud to be a part of the renewal project and our main aim during this time is to offer passengers a seamless travel experience. We appreciate this may be a frustrating time for rail travellers, which is why we will be running brand-new environmentally efficient buses to keep people on the move.”
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director, added: “Over the last year, we have worked closely with Network Rail and Merseytravel to put in place robust travel arrangements to keep our passengers moving. Rail replacement buses are a key part of these plans, and we believe that they will be the best option for many of our passengers during the work.”
A dedicated social media team will be keeping passengers up to date with the latest travel information and timetables. For full details of services affected visit merseyrail.org/trackrenewal.
Once the track renewal works are complete, the new buses will all go into service on Arriva bus routes across the Liverpool City Region – joining a further 50 new ‘Eco’ buses from Arriva.
This investment by Arriva of over £21 million (including £5 million OLEV funding) includes 51 Volvo B5LH Hybrid Wrightbus double deckers, 12 electric ADL BYD single deckers and 9 MAN Lion’s City CNG buses has been made possible through the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance.