Melling – That knotty public transport problem

Having spent 12 years representing Melling on Sefton Council (up until 2011) I’m well aware of its worsening public transport options over a long period now. The knotty problem has been withdrawal/reduction of bus services, which is in no way unique to Melling but has had a significant and detrimental impact on this predominately rural community.

One part of Melling that could do with a positive public transport move in the right direction is that along Prescot Road from the Pear Tree Pub to wards Maghull – it presently just has an hourly 133 bus. It’s been suggested that with the opening of the New Maghull North North railway station there’s an opportunity to provide a regular connecting/circular bus service which could serve the rural parts of Melling. Possibly this could be done by amending/extending the run of one of the present circular bus services that covers Maghull/Lydiate?

This sounds like an idea that’s worth pursuing to me so I’m hoping that Merseytravel will at least try to see if such a move can be seriously investigated/trialed. I’m happy to add my voice to those calling for a better bus service for Melling.

Maghull & Lydiate Circular Buses – New Timetable

The timetables apply from Saturday 2nd June

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/getting-around/timetables/AllTimetables/31%20Maghull%20circular%20(from%202%20June%202018).pdf

The timetables are accessible via the link above to the Merseytravel web site

With thanks to Kevin for the lead to this posting

New Maghull North Station due to open May 2018

Site for the new Maghull North Railway Station. Photo taken looking north from School Lane road bridge. The former Moss Side Hospital site is to the right and Mersey Avenue to the left.

I have been chasing up the latest position with regard to the Maghull’s 2nd railway station and with the help of Merseytravel Committee member John Dodd. I can supply the following information which has been provided to John by Merseytravel.

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The contractor for the Maghull North station began the mobilisation stage for the station works on Monday 4 September.

Work has also begun on the de-vegetation of the railway cutting within the existing Network Rail trackside boundary. An ecologist is on site in case there are any particular issues that are found as the staff work their way in to the undergrowth.

Merseytravel will be meeting with Network Rail on Friday [8th September] and will discuss further details of the early stages of the construction works.

Opening of the railway station is still planned for May 2018 when the new summer timetable starts. At this stage it is not intended to rework the Maghull Circulars [buses], some of which provide a service from the existing station and pass the site of the new station.

However there will be further bus service reviews in time to come and the services will be looked at with knowledge of the new station, the Persimmon Homes development currently underway (Poppy Fields) and any proposals for development on the lands east of Maghull.

With thanks to Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this posting

This photo shows the view from the Park Lane overbridge looking south towards the School Lane overbridge from where the previous photo was taken. The new station will be close to the School Lane bridge.

Maghull – Changes to its circular bus routes and numbers

A 231 circular bus parked in the drop off area of Maghull Station on 28th December 2015. This route will now be numbered 31 from 23rd April.

If you use Maghull’s circular buses be prepared for changes from 23rd of April. Some routes are changing and the numbers of the buses are too.

A visit to the Merseytravel website (see link to timetable below) will show the newly posted timetables.

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/timetables/AllTimetables/31%20Maghull%20circular%20(from%2023%20April%202017).pdf

If I am reading it right the last train from Liverpool is to be met by a No.31 bus (until 23rd this is the 231 route) and it departs at 00:03. This is something I and others have called for over a number of years.

In addition, during school days, the 31 will operate via Eastway rather than Deyes Lane and Damfield Lane. Is this due to congestion outside Maricourt & Deyes High and St. Andrew’s Schools? – I guess it is.

But could be issues with the 231 (now to be 31) serving Liverpool Road down to Robins Island in Lydiate? Residents campaigned for it to serve that part of Lydiate a few years ago.

Also, the 32 & 33 (new numbers) will operate via Green Lane rather than running past the old Library site.

If I have anything wrong here please shout.

With thanks to Kevin for help with this posting.

Maghull – Remember the old Ribble circular buses in the 1970’s?

Maghull Station in the 1970's

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

I scanned this from a print that generous friends presented to me at Christmas.

Maghull’s M4 and M5 circular buses are shown awaiting passengers in the interchange area of of Maghull Station. Note they are were termed ‘Road/Rail Link’ buses back then on the destination blinds.

Since then of course the interchange area has been redeveloped although for bus users and even car drivers dropping people off probably not for the better. Now the buses sit where cars are supposed to pick up and drop of friends and family, forcing cars to drop off folks where the bus stops are! Of course the buses move to the bus shelters when the appointed time arrives but on a cold, wet day being stood there whilst yards away a nice warm bus is also stood there with its doors closed is frankly a pain.

A 231 circular bus parked in the drop off area on 28th December 2015

A 231 circular bus parked in the drop off area on 28th December 2015

What’s more I have even seen bus drivers blow their horns at cars that have dropped off folks by the bus shelters and are in the way of the buses. At face value the obstruction of the shelters by cars is wrong. However, bearing in mind that bus drivers also seem to take exception to cars being in the drop off area, when they want to park their buses there, the buses are actually the cause of cars needing to use the bus shelter area!

By the way I have tested this out for myself on a few occasions when I have been picking someone up from Maghull Station. On one memorable day I parked behind a bus in the drop off area only for another bus to park alongside me so I could not get out. I assume the driver was upset that I was where he wanted to park his bus, yet I was parked where I was supposed to be! Why Merseytravel have never sorted this muddle out properly I do not know. it’s not as if they don’t know what’s going on.

Back in the 1970’s the buses waited their passengers right outside the station entrance so progress seems to have made things worse not better for users of the circular buses.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/