Merseytravel has published details of its proposals for saving money on 'non-commercial' bus services. In our area, the main change proposed is the withdrawal of the 173 service between Belle Vale and Sefton Park, and its partial replacement by a re-routing of service 174. The deadline for comments on the proposals, via Merseytravel's website,
is 16th March.

If confirmed, the new timetables will come into effect in July 2017. The plan is that route 174 will run between Belle Vale and Penny Lane (without the evening/Sunday extensions to the Picton Clock and Allerton Library) every 30 minutes during the day and every hour in the evening.

From Belle Vale Road the buses will travel in a loop via Halewood Road, Out Lane, Kings Drive, Woolton Village, Church Road, Woolton Hill Road and Gateacre Brow, before turning left into Grange Lane. The return journeys from Penny Lane to Belle Vale will follow the same route in reverse.

This detour will provide a useful link between Gateacre Park Drive, Reynolds Park and Woolton Village. It will also offer additional stopping points in Gateacre Village (outside the Black Bull and the Chapel).

An extract from the 173/174 Proposals map, downloadable from the Merseytravel website

Merseytravel consultation event, Belle Vale Shopping Centre, 10 March 2017

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