Bus routes in Sefton – More cuts in subsidised services?

With a review of Sefton’s bus services on the near horizon (and you can I think sadly read into that more cuts in the subsidised routes) this photo is telling:-

No passengers

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I took it around 7.30pm on 13th July at the Meadows shops in Maghull – it’s the 310 bus out of Liverpool. I happened to be there quite by chance when the bus arrived but the telling thing is that whilst the bus stopped there was no one on it and there was no one waiting to get on it.

Oh yes, and the review is being undertaken by Merseytravel the transport committee of the Liverpool City Region.

It was the recent ‘Knowsley’ Review that has led to the re-routing of the 133 bus route through Maghull & Melling. My previous posting refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/06/04/melling-gets-another-bus-cut-as-133-is-re-routed/

As someone who has campaigned to retain local bus routes for many years – the loss of the 311 Arriva route being the most recent one – I really do fear that with empty buses like this we are going to end up with fewer buses as we move forward. It reminds me of the decline of our railways after the Second World War. With less people using the trains the number of trains were reduced. Then as there were few trains less people used them etc. etc. You get my drift…….

But trains are making a remarkable come back, will the same happen to buses in years to come?

Maghull Nostalgia – Before the Meadows Zebra Crossing & Roundabout

Here’s a bit of local history with a road safety theme.

Long-term Maghull residents will know that there has not always been a Zebra Crossing and mini-roundabout at the junction of Hall Lane and Liverpool Road South by the Meadows shops and pub.

Before - Late 1980's at the Meadows corner with no Zebra Crossing or mini-roundabout. Geoff Howe and fellow campaigners Sandra Morgan and Andrew Blackburn are in shot.

Before – Late 1980’s at the Meadows corner with no Zebra Crossing or mini-roundabout. Geoff Howe and fellow campaigners Sandra Morgan and Andrew Blackburn are in shot.

This meant that pedestrians trying to cross the road and vehicles exiting Hall Lane were at quite a disadvantage. Sadly there were a number of accidents at the junction, which is on a sharp bend. The final straw was a youngster being run over and a campaign was launched to get the junction made safer. The lead campaigner was a certain Geoff Howe who’s daughter had been knocked down. Fortunately his daughter recovered but Geoff was determined to get some action taken by Sefton Council.

After - Zebra Crossing and mini-roundabout in place thanks to Geoff Howe's campaigning.

After – Zebra Crossing and mini-roundabout in place thanks to Geoff Howe’s campaigning.

AFTER - a 2nd after shot. Just look how the shops behind have changed.

AFTER – a 2nd after shot. Just look how the shops behind have changed.

Of course he won, with the backing of Maghull Town Council, and subsequently Geoff became a Town Councillor and Sefton Borough Councillor, ending his time as a councillor as Mayor of Maghull.

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Closure of Barclays Bank Maghull Branch

News that Barclays Bank is to close its Maghull Branch will be a huge blow for people living and working in the southern part of Maghull.

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I had the pleasure, in my year as Town Mayor, to declare Barclays first cash machine in Maghull open at this branch in 1994 when the Bank been refurbished and had a bright future. Indeed, I made the first withdrawal from the cash machine for my mayoral charity The Cancer Research Campaign.

Cash machines are now so common that a new one hardly raises an eyebrow but 20 years ago banks clearly made a big fuss about a new one opening especially when it was outside of a city/town centre.

From then to hearing of the proposed closure of the branch in 2014 is terrible news and I fear that there will be consequences for the business that surround the Bank at The Meadows shops. The Bank must be a draw in itself which the other businesses feed off.