Arriva services will increase from 30th of August

Tue, August 25th, 2020

Following government guidance to further support public transport use and the...

We can’t wait to welcome you back onboard. Arriva services in Merseyside and Halton will increase from 30th August

Following government guidance to further support public transport use and the ongoing mandating of onboard social distancing advice including mandatory wearing of face coverings (exemptions apply).

Arriva will be further increasing the majority of its services to Pre-COVID19 levels across Merseyside and Halton from Sunday 30th August. Some services will have further changes, these include:

  • Service 62 between Murdishaw and Hale Bank and will be re-routed in Runcorn to operate via the current 500 route.
  • Service 79C will be extended from Widnes to run through to Murdishaw via the same route as the current service 61 (Clifton Road) every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays (service 14A will be withdrawn). In Liverpool, the service will operate via London Road and finish at Queen Square.
  • Services 79 and 79D all journeys will now start and finish in Halewood. Route in Liverpool city centre will be revised, with both services running via Brownlow Hill and then;
  • Service 79 will operate via Hanover Street to Liverpool ONE in both directions.
  • Service 79D will be re-numbered 79Q and will operate via Lime Street finishing at Queen Square.
  • Service 82A will be re-introduced, running between Murdishaw and Liverpool city centre via Liverpool John Lennon Airport (replacing Halton section of service 500).
  • The faster 500 Airport service will be re-introduced running between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool city centre (including Great Charlotte Street for Lime Street Station). Running every 30 minutes between 4am and Midnight every day.
  • Night Bus service 86A (between midnight and 4am) will not be returning at present.

Visit and use our new and improved journey planner to find your bus or try our recently relaunched Arriva UK Bus App to plan your journey or buy tickets in advance. Full details of the changes can be found at

In line with government guidance, Arriva continues to operate social distancing measures on all of its buses. This includes revised capacity to help keep bus travel safe. When revised capacities are met, buses will show a “bus full” sign and drivers will only stop to let passengers alight. Where you see the ‘Bus Full’ sign:

  • The bus will only stop when people want to get off
  • If the bus stops only one passenger will be able to board for every passenger that disembarks
  • Be prepared to wait and please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you.

Seats within two metres of the driver are taped off, however wheelchair spaces will always remain available and a no standing policy remains in place. Check out our handy travel animation for full guidance on safer travel with Arriva online and via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Phil Stone, Regional Managing Director for Arriva, said: “Throughout the COVID19 crisis, we have been committed to supporting key workers & our customers with their journeys. We have strived to make any disruption to services & timetables as minimal as possible during this period and I am delighted that we are now able to return to a Pre-COVID19 service level for the majority of our routes.

We continue to support government guidance on social distancing and safe travel on public transport, customers are advised to check our new website for more information:”

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