• Conor slams impact of cuts to bus services on local residents

    Bus cuts SeneleyConor met worried residents of Seneley Green to discuss their concerns about plans by Merseytravel and Arriva to change local bus service.
    Locals packed out the Blue Bell pub on Rectory Road at the meeting set up by Conor and local ward councillors – Joe Pearson, Dennis McDonnell and Susan Murphy.

     

    The residents voiced their fears about the impact the changes would have, particularly on older people who needed to get into St Helens to shop and on passengers who need to get a bus home from the town centre in the evenings after work.


    Residents from Downall Green and Pewfall also spoke about how the proposed changes to bus services would affect them.


    Councillor Sue Murphy said: “I’d like to thank Conor for meeting local residents, and the residents themselves for taking part in such a positive meeting.


    “It’s good to know that with Conor’s involvement residents voices will be heard at a senior level within Merseytravel.”


    Conor thanked all the residents for coming to the meeting and making their feelings known.


    He said: “I am concerned that these changes will worsen problems for local residents already suffering due to a limited service and poor accessibility at Garswood train station.


    “I know the challenges being faced by Merseytravel and the impact that cuts are having on its ability to provide services.


    “But I hope they will listen carefully to the points being made by my constituents about the impact the changes will have to the local community in Garswood and other areas such as Rainford.


    “Bus deregulation hasn’t worked and it is the residents of communities like Garswood who are paying the price where a lack of good public transport has left older people feeling isolated, workers struggling to get to and from work and young people unable to access services for them.


    “My constituents’ experiences highlight just why Labour has been calling for the re-regulation of bus services.”