Major boost for Liverpool’s night time economy

Major boost for Liverpool’s night time economy

Businesses directly affected by Liverpool’s night time economy are set to receive a major boost after two of the city’s main bus companies announced plans to run new 24-hour bus services.

Arriva and Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire will introduce a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service on two of the city’s busiest routes as of Sunday 4 September.

The extended service will come into effect on the 86 and 86A buses, which cover a major route for commuters, students, and holiday makers - running from Liverpool One via Smithdown Road to Penny Lane and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The new 247 offer will see the Stagecoach 86 service will run between Liverpool One and Penny Lane, while the Arriva 86A will extend to Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of the Merseytravel Committee, said: “The City Region’s bus strategy recognises that employment shift patterns and the night time economy mean a desire for public transport outside historic core hours.

“As part of the Bus Alliance we’ve worked with Arriva and Stagecoach operators to extend services on some of the busiest routes. If they are successful we would encourage operators to potentially trial extended hours on other routes.”

Normal ticketing will apply on night time journeys meaning people using the service won’t have to pay any more for night time journeys than they do in the day.