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Scrap the 82 bus route change in Liverpool

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The 82 bus route into Liverpool has been changed so that instead of travelling to Liverpool One bus station via Berry Street, Renshaw Street and Hanover Street the bus now reaches its final destination via a diversion down St James Street from a point far outside the city centre, thus bypassing much of the city centre itself.  This means that 82 bus passengers wishing to visit the Berry Street/Renshaw Street/Hardman Street/Hope Street areas of Liverpool are now greatly inconvenienced, as are those passengers who wish to access LIme Street and Liverpool Central train stations. 

This decison has been made by Merseytravel in conjunction with the two main bus companies, Arriva and Stagecoach.  A representative of Merseytravel has told me via email that the change has been made as a means of easing congestion on Hanover Street.  If this is the case, why are 82 bus passengers the ones who are being made to suffer all of the resulting inconvenience?  What about other buses travelling into Liverpool city centre from South Liverpool?  Why can't the 86 bus be re-routed down Upper Parliament Street and then on to St James Street on what is now the current 82 route, instead of turning into Catherine Street from Upper Parrliament Street as it does at present?  Surely the fairest solution to the problem would be for all the main bus services into Liverpool city centre from South Liverpool (or at least the 86, 80 and 82 services) to be split into 'A' and 'B' routes with half taking the Hanover Street route and half taking the St James Street route? 

Finally, I am unaware of any public consultation having taken place in advance of this major and highly inconveniencing change to the 82 bus route.  The Merseytravel representative has apologised to me for the lack of prior publicity.  She neglected, however, to state the reason.  A desire to avoid public opposition perhaps?

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