Save the X1 bus
I am extremely concerned to hear of another cut to bus services in Runcorn. Since 2017 there has been cut after cut after cut, with more residents being left without vital services, particularly in the early morning and at evenings and weekends.
The loss of Arriva’s X1 service will be a serious blow to the people of East Runcorn who rely on the service to get quickly and reliably to and from Liverpool for work, leisure and access to medical appointments. This is a route that has existed in some form or other for the last 30 years. There is no viable alternative when the X1 is gone, as the 500 service can take hours rather than the current c.40 minutes.
I meet regularly with Arriva North West management and they tell me they have no option but to run a profitable operation, particularly since subsidies were cut in the last few years.
I don’t agree with this operating model. In my view, bus services should be re-regulated and run as not for profit operations that take into account the needs of communities rather than just those of shareholders.
This is the outcome of bus deregulation that started under Thatcher. Leaving the market to decide leaves communities cut off and isolated, limiting access to jobs, services and education.
I’m not going to let the X1 go without a fight. Join me in telling Arriva that the X1 service stays: