Mersey Transport bosses on board in Arriva battle!
As residents will know, I’m leading a campaign to bring back the 21 Bus service, after private company Arriva scrapped it earlier this year.
Following an overwhelming response to the petition, I’ve raised it with Metro mayor Steve Rotheram, and Merseytravel chair Cllr Liam Robinson who have joined me in demanding answers form Arriva as to why they have cut the route.
New powers allow local politicians to ask bus operators to explain their decisions and the figures behind them. Disappointingly, Arriva have not yet provided the information – so I’m thankful to Steve Rotheram for joining me in writing to the Transport Minister demanding that action is taken to make sure Mayors are given the backing from government they need to use new powers effectively.
I’m pleased to have the support of Labour colleagues across the region in making sure that bus operators are more accountable to passengers and the people who rely on their services – the cutting of the 21 service without adequate consultation or good reason shows exactly why we need more control locally over services that matter, and the Tory government must stop dragging their feet and immediately give us the tools we need to hold companies to account
As soon as we get the information we have asked for, we’ll be looking at it closely to see how we can work with partners to get a service reinstated. We hope that Arriva will listen and bring this popular service back. But if they don’t, I’m happy to work with any organisation willing to get this route back on the road.
Our petition shows that the 21 is far too important to lose. Residents and bus companies can be assured that I’m not giving it up without a fight.