Merseytravel – Why they say public transport shuts down (too?) early each day

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

I have a lot of respect for Liam Robinson (the Chair of Merseytravel – our local public transport body on Merseyside) despite the fact that he is not of my political party, partly because he is a reasonable chap and partly because of his professional background in the railway industry.

This does not mean I agree with all he says in a Liverpool Echo follow-up article (see link above) to the recent call in the paper for trains to run latter at night on Merseyside, which I and many others support.

As I said in my previous commentary on this matter part of the problem for say communities like Maghull/Lydiate, for example, is that there is no circular bus to meet the last train even now, never mind any later running trains that could possibly run in the future.

I feel that the last Merseyrail trains out of Liverpool should be just after midnight.

As for the commentary about how the Merseyside public transport system works during big pre-planned public events I refer readers to my previous posting associated with the Giants from July 2014:-

I have the feeling that this issue has a long way to travel before it is resolved but despite the difficulties I hope that the powers that be can find a way forward to offer later trains out of Liverpool.

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