An Arriva 300 bus at the Meadows bus stop, Maghull.
A recent conversation with a Maghull resident made me aware that there are concerns that weekday afternoon 300 Arriva buses are not necessarily reliable and it made me think. Think because I have previously heard concerns being raised about the unreliability of the 300 bus on weekday afternoons. Is this a common issue? I’d like to hear from any users of the route, so please get in touch.
Coincidentally, I’ve also picked up a copy of a recent report from Mike Perkins of OPSTA (Ormskirk, Preston and Southport Travellers Association) on the sate of bus services in and around Southport and he also makes mention of the 300 route. This is what he says:-
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I understand that Mike was previously involved in managing some local bus services so he’ll know what he is talking about and I thought his comments on the 300 route were worth sharing.
An Arriva bus at the Meadows bus stop
I have blogged about changes to the 300 bus route previously. My last posting is available via the link below:-
However, it seems that more changes may well be on the way from 21st January although what those changes will be I am presently unsure.
A local resident e-mailed me about the potential changes and this is what they said:-
I note that Arriva intend to amend the timetable of the above, as per this notice:
PC0001141/69 ARRIVA MERSEYSIDE LTD, 73 ORMSKIRK ROAD, LIVERPOOL, L9 5AE
Operating between Southport,Union Street and Liverpool City Centre given service number 300 / 300 effective from 21 January 2018. To amend Timetable.
As the deadline for objections is 20th December, I suspect no details as to what the amendments are will be available on line until after then. I trust it will be only minor adjustments and nothing too drastic!
Watch this space, I will pass on any further information I become aware of.
Thanks to Kevin for the lead to this posting
I’m no fan of local bus services generally because since Bus Deregulation in the 1980’s services have declined and are in the main poor to average.
I often wonder whether Arriva run buses to suit themselves as they do not seem reliable on the 300 route in particular, or so I have heard regular users complain about. Missing buses during afternoons is something I have been hearing folks grumble about for a while now.
If a bus does not run, is cancelled or significantly delayed why aren’t passengers told why? Surely a screen on a bus could give messages that explain why say a previous bus had not turned up at the advertised time or at all. It’s as though passengers are a secondary thought, but then again bus deregulation was meant in part to lead to competition on routes to drive up customer service standards etc. Well that did not happen as the larger bus companies simply bought out or saw of their smaller competition so they had route monopoly.
My view is that local bus services should be re-regulated in a similar way to how railway franchise operators are so that fines can be levied against bus companies not delivering to specified service standards.
And the thought from a frustrated passenger? This was said to me with regard to the first Arriva local bus strike here on Merseyside a few days ago. The thought was along the lines of ‘I thought the idea of a strike was to put pressure on your employer to address whatever the grievance is about that caused the strike whilst at the same time making the employer worry about the company not being able to offer its specified services. But with Arriva they don’t seem to care whether they run a 300 bus or not anyway, strike or no strike, so how can Arriva staff going on strike cause the company to be concerned about their buses not running?’ Now that’s an illuminating comment is it not?
With thanks to Jen, a regular 300 bus user, for the lead to this posting.
I’m happy to post any response from Arriva, I might add.
An Arriva bus at The Meadows stop in Maghull
It has been brought to my attention that from 3rd September, Arriva intend to re-time the 300 route buses for their Monday-Friday (weekday) journeys to run 5 minutes later throughout.
This will take them nearer to the 310 journey times, which seems to fly in the face the objective that was set with the timetable revisions made back in April this year.
I wonder why Arriva is making this change? I am making enquiries.
With thanks to Kevin for bringing this matter to my attention
An Arriva bus at The Meadows stop in Maghull
Merseytravel have posted a revised timetable, effective from 23rd April, for the Arriva 300 bus route on their website. Here’s a link to it:-
The timings will change (so check out the new April timetable if you are a regular user) and evening journeys have been introduced between Liverpool and Lydiate supported/subsidised by Merseytravel.
In a world full of bad news, not least about our declining bus services, here’s a bit of good news. BUT could this well be a case of a ‘use it or lose it’ situation?
With thanks to Kevin for the lead to this posting.