I’ve posted a couple of times recently about 2019 being the centenary of the creation of Ribble buses. My two previous posts are available via the links below:-
Maghull resident Kevin Duggan has now let me have a couple of photos of a special livery ‘Ribble’ Arriva bus which we could all see out on the road a suppose…… Watch out for a red 300 or 310…….
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The 133 bus route (currently operated by Comfy Bus) links a number of small communities (Melling Mount, Sefton Village, Lunt Village & Homer Green) with larger places such as Kirkby, Maghull (and its new North Station), Thornton and Waterloo. It’s been running for many years (probably since the withdrawal of the former Ribble buses 381 and 382 many moons ago?). But it seems things are going to change and sadly not for the better.
Merseytravel have issued a new invitation to tender for this subsidised route to be operated (Monday to Saturday) from this coming April. The 133 does not run on a Sunday, I might add
However, instead of the present 10 buses from Waterloo to Kirkby and 11 buses from Kirkby to Waterloo each day the new specification is for only 6 buses to operate Waterloo to Kirkby and 6 buses Kirkby to Waterloo. One additional service the 0743 from Kirkby will terminate at Maghull Square at 0823 and will run school term times only, so will not serve Sefton & Lunt Villages, Homer Green or Thornton at all. The very early bus (the 06.53 from Kirkby) will also not run on a Saturday.*
There can be little doubt that this reduction in frequency of the 133 bus will be a blow to regular users of it. Here’s a link to present timetable:-
And this is the proposed timetable from April this year:-
I’m guessing that the Parish Councils along the route will have had something to say about reduction in service.
My thanks to Kevin Duggan for the lead to this posting.
Please click on the new timetable to enlarge it for reading
* Hope I’ve interpreted all the changes correctly but please shout if I have not.
Jen and I went along to this open day mainly to have a look at the restoration work being done on the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU. More on that in a future posting but here is a lovely photo of a Leyland Tiger PS2/5 built in 1950 and displaying Southport Corporation colours.
I must admit to being a train man personally but this bus and its restoration caught my eye. It is one of a batch of 20 ordered by the former Ribble Motors. In 1960 it was sold to the former Southport Corporation with 2 others from the original 20. It was converted to Open Top and started tours of Southport in 1961. It ran until 1985 and was then sold to a bus operator in Rhyl.
Following some neglect it was purchased for restoration but this was never completed. Step in Graham Ryder who brought it back from Wales to the Trust’s facilities in Burscough. Two and a half years of hard work followed until it had its first run back in Southport earlier this year.
It looks grand indeed and notice it has the ‘Circular Tour’ headboard on it which harks back to those circular tours by trams back in Southport’s glorious past.
The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-