West Kirby and Hoylake set to lose hospital bus service

By Paul Johnston at

West Kirby and Hoylake look set to lose the only direct bus service to and from Arrowe Park Hospital.

Under the proposal, Stagecoach’s 22 service, which runs of a daytime from Monday to Saturday and calls at the hospital on its way to Chester, will be re-routed from September so it operates via Greasby and Irby instead.

Stagecoach, which took over the route from Avon Buses when the firm went bust last year, has launched a consultation which is open until June 24 for people to have their say.

Stagecoach took over the 22 route from Avon Buses last year

It is understood the company wants to make the route change due to low demand, and the alteration will enable it to reduce the frequency of the service.

In a statement on its website, Merseytravel said: “In the Merseyside Region, operators have committed to limit changes to four key dates, where possible, throughout the year to stabilise the network and build confidence in bus services.

“In advance of these dates, consultation on any proposed changes will take place to help inform operators and Merseytravel of the potential impact they will have.”

Have your say on the planĀ here.