Merseytravel must bring back the old route of the 61 bus in North Liverpool after complaints the new route takes passengers away from the popular Broadway shops, two MPs have said.
One thousand local residents have signed a petition calling on Arriva, who run the service, to alter the route.
In a joint letter to the chair of Merseytravel, Councillor Liam Robinson, Labour MPs Steve Rotheram and Stephen Twigg say that since the new route came into effect last month passengers have struggled to reach the popular destination by public transport.
The MPs for Walton and West Derby argue that local businesses have experienced a detrimental impact on trade.
In recent years, the 61 bus stopped outside the shops in Broadway but in September 2016 it was diverted to Lorenzo Drive, more than half a mile away.
Steve Rotheram MP said:
“After campaigning in the area recently, local ward councillors have expressed concerns that the re-route of the 61 bus is affecting local residents who want to shop in Broadway but rely on public transport to do so.
“I have also spoke with a number of business owners who say it is having a detrimental impact on trade as there are fewer visitors in the area. The route directly affects constituents in both Walton and West Derby which is why I and my colleague Stephen Twigg have written to Merseytravel to try and get the issue addressed.”
Stephen Twigg MP added:
“I am a regular bus user, including the 61, and I am not surprised at the strength of feelings from local people on this issue. The 61 has stopped in the middle of Broadway for decades. I urge Arriva to return to the previous well known route, this move risks a real negative effect on local businesses.”