Liverpool bus lane removal slows bus and car journeys
Arriva has revealed that the removal of bus lanes in Liverpool has cost the operator an extra £1million a year so far. It has increased journey times for bus passengers and has actually increased journey times for car users too.
Instead of making traffic flow better, Arriva claims that additional road space created by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to take out all but four Liverpool’s bus lanes has often been used by residents to park their cars. Car journey times have apparently increased by 1.5%, while overall bus journey times have increased by 1%. Arriva has so far had to put in an additional nine buses to maintain the network, at a cost of around £1million.
Not only have the overall journey times increased by 1% but reliability issues have also become more unpredictable as a result of the change. On one major route, the 79, which runs every five minutes to Wavertree and Netherley and every 10 minutes to Halewood, average journey times in peak hours increased by up to 13.4% and up to 5.6% off-peak. Arriva says it will have to put in an additional two buses to combat the problem.