310 Bus Route – Liverpool to Maghull – in the days of Ribble

I picked up a copy of a book published in 2001 called ‘Glory Days – Transport in Liverpool’ not so long ago mainly due to my interest in local railways but on page 93 I saw a 310 Ribble bus with the destination ‘Park Lane Lodge’ on it.

Photo credit Arnold Richardson/Photobus

A query to a local bus expert confirmed that the photo was indeed taken in Maghull outside Northway Primary School at the junction of Dodds Lane and Moss Lane Lane. The bus used to terminate (having come from Liverpool) in Ribble days at the junction of Park Lane and Parkbourn.

The photo is undated but the bus is noted as being a 1959 example of a Leyland Atlantean, so the shot must be from the 1960’s. Behind the bus in the far background looks to be the roofs of houses on the Lathom Avenue Estate and nearer to the bus is Northway Primary School.

My thanks to Kevin Duggan for his help with this posting

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Maghull – That rather awkward junction of Dodds Lane and Liverpool Road North


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I nearly came a cropper at this junction earlier today; about 6.45am to be precise. But this junction has in fact long troubled me.

Going back a few years, when I was a Maghull councillor, I asked the traffic engineers at Sefton Council to try to address the difficulties which pedestrians faced when they tried to cross the end of Dodds Lane particularly when walking towards High Pastures GP Surgery. A pedestrian refuge was placed in the middle of the wide throated junction which clearly helps but pedestrians still can’t see what’s coming at them from along Dodds Lane because of the curvature of the Lane. So things are still far from ideal but this posting is about another problem i.e. the one that I encountered this morning.

What tends to happen throughout the day is that drivers of vehicles tend to stop within the junction to run into the GP surgery with a repeat prescription or such like. On the odd occasion I have seen a vehicle left there for quite some time. Trouble is vehicles turning into Dodds Lane from the Lydiate direction do not know there’s a car parked there until they have turned the corner and are more or less right on top of it. Bring the pedestrian refuge with its illuminated bollard into play as well and getting past such a parked car car be difficult at times.

Today the driver was in the parked car and opened the drivers door as I was trying to squeeze past. It could have been a car with only 3 doors had I not hit the brakes hard!

But I wonder what others think about this junction and the issues I have raised both previously and indeed today? Would it help for more resrictions to be placed outside the GP surgery on the corner for example?

Maghull – Petition to improve road safety outside Northway Primary School where lollipop man knocked over by car

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/family-lollipop-man-run-over-11938439

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Following the accident last week where local lollipop man Ronnie Wilson was knocked over by a car a petition has been launched to press Sefton Council to take action.

I have signed the petition and hope others will too. Please click on the Echo article link above and follow the link in the story to add your name to the petition.