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Parent companyArriva
Founded2009
Headquarters73 Ormskirk Road
Aintree
Liverpool
L9 5AE
LocaleNorth West England
Service areaMerseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire
Service typeBus
HubsBolton, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester, Runcorn, St Helens, Southport, Widnes
OperatorArriva
Web siteArriva North West website

Arriva North West is a division of Arriva that operates bus services around North West England. It consists of two companies: Arriva North West Ltd and Arriva Merseyside Ltd.

Arriva North West as an operating division (distinct from the registered company Arriva North West Ltd) came into being in its present form in January 2009, when Arriva Buses Wales was separated out from Arriva North West and Wales,[1] although it had existed as an operating division between 1997 and 2002.

Arriva North West has a fleet of buses numbering just under 1,000.

HistoryEdit

Arriva North West was originally formed following the split of Ribble Motor Services in readiness for privatisation in 1986,[2] with the operations in Merseyside, West Lancashire and Wigan operating as North Western. The name was taken from the former North Western operations, which ran between 1923 and 1976. The current North Western operations were taken over by Drawlane (who would later be renamed as British Bus) in 1988, who would also took over the operations of the Bee Line Buzz Company, who ran services in Greater Manchester. In 1996, British Bus was bought by the Cowie Group, which subsequently became Arriva, with services renamed as Arriva North West in 1998.

In February 2000, the company acquired MTL Trust Holdings, which created a larger presence in the Merseyside area and more than doubling the size of the company. In 2002, Arriva North West merged with Arriva Cymru and renamed as Arriva North West and Wales. Three former Arriva Midlands depots in Crewe, Macclesfield and Winsford were transferred into the North West & Wales operation, although the depot at Crewe was closed in December 2005.[2][3]

Arriva expanded more in July 2005 by taking over Blue Bus of Bolton,[4] which almost doubled their presence in Greater Manchester. In January 2009, the Wales operation was split from Arriva North West as Arriva Buses Wales with the Arriva North West name resurrected for the North West England operations.[1][2]

Although the company is officially known as Arriva North West, some operations were originally registered under alternative Arriva names. Former Bee Line operations were registered as Arriva Manchester, some Liverpool operations and, slightly confusingly, the former Blue Bus operations were registered as Arriva Liverpool. As of Autumn 2011 a large proportion of services in Merseyside remain registered under the separate Arriva Merseyside Ltd licence.

Operating centresEdit

The company has depots in:

Past depots, now closed or sold, have included:

  • Crewe - Delamere Street (closed December 2005)
  • Gillmoss - East Lancashire Road (sold to Glenvale Transport in July 2001, in response to a Competition Commission requirement)
  • Huyton - Wilson Road (closed 2006)
  • Skelmersdale - Neverstitch Road (closed 23 July 2011)
  • Warrington - Athlone Road (closed February 2002)

RoutesEdit

Main route networkEdit

As of April 2012

CheshireEdit

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No. From To Via Depot Notes
1 Macclesfield Forest Cottage Macclesfield depot
1
1E
Weaverham Rudheath Northwich Winsford depot
1
2
Halton Lea Runcorn Castlefields, Windmill Hill, Norton Village, Murdishaw, Palacefields Runcorn depot Circular routes
2
2A
Macclesfield Weston (Cheshire) Earlsway Macclesfield depot
3 Macclesfield Weston (Cheshire) Earlsway Macclesfield depot
3A
3C
Halton Lea Weston (Halton) Halton Brook, Runcorn railway station, Weston Point Runcorn depot
3B Halton Lea Runcorn High Street Weston Point & Village Runcorn depot
4 Macclesfield Upton Priory Prestbury Road Macclesfield depot
4 Northwich Barnton Winnington Winsford depot
5
6
Macclesfield Weston (Cheshire) Earlsway, Upton Priory Macclesfield depot Circulars
6 Liverpool Queen Square Huyton Elizabeth Road Edge Lane, Bowring Park, Huyton, Cronton, Penketh Green Lane depot
Warrington Bus Station
6
6E
Leighton Hospital Shavington Crewe Winsford depot
7A Liverpool Queen Square Warrington Bus Station Edge Lane, Broadgreen Hospital, Dovecot, Page Moss, Woolfall Heath, Huyton, Cronton, Penketh Green Lane depot Evening/Sundays only
8 Crewe Wistaston Green Winsford depot
8
8E
9
9E
Liverpool James Street Huyton Kensington, Old Swan, Knotty Ash, Longview Green Lane depot Circulars
9 Macclesfield Moss Rose Estate Parkgate Road Macclesfield depot
10
10A
Macclesfield Bollington Tytherington Macclesfield depot
14 Macclesfield Langley Sutton, Lyme Green Macclesfield depot
15 Murdishaw Runcorn High Street Runcorn East railway station, Windmill Hill, Astmoor Runcorn depot Monday-Friday am peak only
21
21A
Macclesfield Hurdsfield Macclesfield depot Circulars routes
21 Chester Bus Station Halton Hospital Mickle Trafford, Dunham Hill, Helsby, Frodsham, Beechwood, Halton Lea Runcorn depot
29 Northwich Over, St John's Moulton Winsford depot
31
31E
Northwich Crewe Moulton, Winsford, Leighton Hospital Winsford depot
32B Runcorn Halton Lea Runcorn High Street Beechwood Runcorn depot Limited Monday-Saturday service
37
37E
Northwich Crewe Moulton, Winsford, Sandbach Winsford depot
38 Crewe Macclesfield Haslington, Winterley, Wheelock, Sandbach, Arclid, Congleton, Lower Heath, Eaton, Gawsworth Macclesfield depot
79C Liverpool Queen Square Murdishaw Picton Road, Childwall, Belle Vale, Hough Green, Widnes, Runcorn High Street, Halton Lea Runcorn depot Continues to Paradise Street; AM/PM Peak Times, Evenings, Sundays
82A Liverpool Paradise Street Runcorn Halton Hospital Brunswick, Riverside Drive, Aigburth Vale, Garston, Speke, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Halebank, Widnes, Runcorn Train Station, Runcorn High Street, Halton Lea Runcorn depot
84 Chester Crewe Littleton, Tarvin, Duddon, Tarporley, Calveley, Nantwich, Willaston, Wells Green, Vicars Cross Winsford depot
84
85
Winsford Winsford Industrial Estates High Street, Wharton Winsford depot Limited Monday - Friday peak service
110 Murdishaw Warrington Interchange Brookvale, Palacefields, Halton Lea, Castlefields, Runcorn High Street, Runcorn Rail Station, Widnes, Green Oaks, Cuerdley Cross, Penketh, Sankey Bridges Runcorn depot
Whitehouse
130 Macclesfield Manchester Piccadilly Monks Heath, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Handforth, Cheadle, East Didsbury, Burnage Macclesfield / Manchester depots
329 St Helens Warrington Interchange Parr, Collins Green, Burtonwood, Winwick Road St Helens depot
360 Warrington Wigan Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows, Lowton, Golborne, Edge Green, Bamfurlong, Abram, Platt Bridge, Spring View, Ince-in-Makerfield Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by South Lancs Travel
X30 Chester Bus Station Warrington Interchange Mickle Trafford, Dunham Hill, Helsby, Frodsham, Sutton Weaver, Beechwood, Halton Lea, Halton Hospital, Daresbury Runcorn depot
X1 Liverpool ONE Bus Station Runcorn, Windmill Hill Aigburth Vale, Speke, Garston, Runcorn Town Centre, Castlefields, Halton Lea, Halton Hospital, Murdishaw Runcorn Depot Limited Stop Service. 30 mins Mon - Sat daytime, Hourly Evenings and Sundays.

Some Arriva services in Cheshire are run by Arriva Buses Wales.

Main article: Arriva Buses Wales

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Greater ManchesterEdit

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No. From To Via Depot Notes
10 Brookhouse Manchester Shudehill Peel Green, Eccles, Salford Royal Hospital, Pendleton, Lower Broughton Manchester depot
16
16A
Manchester Piccadilly Altrincham Oxford Road, Moss Side, Chorlton, Stretford, Sale, Ashton-upon-Mersey Manchester depot Service 16A only runs from Manchester. Evening and Sunday journeys run by Finglands
18 Trafford Centre Altrincham Stretford, Sale, Sale Moor, Baguley, Wythenshawe, Manchester Airport, Manchester Airport Cargo Centre, Halebarns Wythenshawe depot
19 Altrincham Manchester Airport Ashton-upon-Mersey, Sale, Sale Moor, Baguley, Wythenshawe Hospital, Wythenshawe Wythenshawe depot
22 Stockport Bolton Chorlton, Stretford, Urmston, Trafford Centre, Eccles, Swinton, Kearsley, Farnworth, Harper Green Wythenshawe depot TfGM contracted evening service. Daytime service run by First and Stagecoach.
34 St Helens Leigh Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Lowton St Helens depot
42A Reddish Millgate Lane Heaton Chapel, East Didsbury Manchester depot TfGM contracted Sunday daytime service
61
62
Eccles Westwood Park Monton Manchester depot. Circular services. TfGM contracted service
66 Clifton Junction Salford Royal Hospital Swinton, Worsley, Eccles, Ellesmere Park Manchester depot. TfGM contracted service
70 Clifton Junction Manchester Shudehill Swinton, Monton, Eccles, Salford Royal Hospital, Pendleton, Ordsall Manchester depot. TfGM contracted Sunday daytime service.
71
73
Clifton Junction Manchester Shudehill Swinton, Pendleton, Ordsall Manchester depot. TfGM contracted service
79 Swinton Stretford Irlams o' th' Height, Pendleton, Salford Quays, Trafford Bridge Manchester depot. TfGM contracted service
84 Chorlton Arrowfield Road Manchester Piccadilly Chorlton centre, Trafford Bar Manchester depot TfGM Monday-Saturday evening contracted service. Main Monday-Saturday daytime and Sunday service is operated by Stagecoach Manchester
130 Macclesfield Manchester Piccadilly Monks Heath, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Handforth, Cheadle, East Didsbury, Burnage Macclesfield / Manchester depots
156 St Helens Garswood Sankey Village St Helens depot. Merseytravel contracted evening/Sunday service
Ashton-in-Makerfield (Evening/Sundays)
245 Flixton Altrincham Trafford General Hospital, Urmston, Stretford, Sale, Sinderland (Evenings/Sundays) Wythenshawe depot. Monday-Saturdays financially supported by TfGM. Sunday journeys operated by JPT.
247 Eccles Altrincham Barton Bridge, Trafford Centre, Davyhulme, Trafford General Hospital, Flixton, Carrington, Partington Wythenshawe depot
263
264
Altrincham Manchester Piccadilly (263) Sale, Stretford, Old Trafford, Hulme (263), University of Manchester (263) Manchester depot 264 runs at peak times
Manchester Shudehill (264)
293 Little Hulton Trafford Park Walkden, Worsley, Eccles Manchester depot TfGM contracted service
320 St Helens Wigan Blackbrook, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Bamfurlong, Platt Bridge, Ince-in-Makerfield St Helens depot
352 St Helens Wigan Haresfinch, Moss Bank, Billinge, Higher End, Orrell, Pemberton St Helens depot
360 Warrington Wigan Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows, Lowton, Golborne, Edge Green, Bamfurlong, Abram, Platt Bridge, Spring View, Ince-in-Makerfield Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by South Lancs Travel
362 Wigan Chorley Interchange Standish, Shevington Moor, Coppull Moor, Coppull Bolton / St Helens depots One Sunday journey run by Wigan Buses
370 Altrincham Stockport Timperley, Baguley Tesco, Northern Moor, Northenden, East Didsbury Wythenshawe depot. TfGM Monday-Saturday evening service. Monday-Saturday daytime service is operated by Stagecoach Manchester, Sunday service is operated by JPT
375
385
395
Southport (375/385) Wigan Scarisbrick (375/385), Bescar (375), Ormskirk, Old Skelmersdale, Skelmersdale, Tanhouse (395), Orrell, Pemberton Southport depot
510 Bolton Bury Withins, Ainsworth, Starling, Walshaw Bolton depot. TfGM evening/Sunday contracted service. Monday-Saturday daytime service is operated by First Manchester
519 Bolton Johnson Fold Chorley Old Road Bolton depot. TfGM evening contracted service. Daytime service is operated by First Manchester
534 Bolton Oldhams Estate Astley Bridge Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by Maytree Travel
535 Bolton Belmont Astley Bridge Bolton depot
537 Bolton Edgworth Astley Bridge, Andrew Lane, Dunscar, Bromley Cross Bolton depot
538 Bolton Andrew Lane Astley Bridge Bolton depot Monday-Saturday daytime route
538
539
Bolton Dunscar Astley Bridge, Eagley, Bromley Cross, Hall i' th' Wood Bolton depot. TfGM evening/Sunday contracted service.
541 Bolton Toppings Estate Bromley Cross, Hall i' th' Wood Bolton depot
575 Wigan Bolton Interchange Blackrod, Horwich, Chorley New Road Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by Maytree between Horwich and Bolton
602 Newton Community Hospital Ashton-in-Makerfield Haydock, Earlestown St Helens depot. Merseytravel contract service
620 St Helens Bus Station Hindley Green Blackbrook, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Bamfurlong, Platt Bridge, Hindley St Helens depot TfGM contracted service
715 Bolton Wigan Deane, Chew Moor, Westhoughton, Wingates, Aspull, Haigh, Whelley Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by Maytree
ML1 Stretford Metrolink Station Trafford Centre Manchester depot Non stop from Stretford Metrolink Station to the Trafford Centre. Service is branded Metrolink Shuttle

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LancashireEdit

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No. From To Via Depot Notes
47 Banks Liverpool Paradise Street Churchtown Southport Town Centre, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Ince Blundell, Crosby, Waterloo, Bootle Southport depot
273 Rawtenstall Bolton Edenfield, Ramsbottom, Holcombe Brook, Hawkshaw, Bradshaw, Tonge Moor Bolton depot TfGM contracted service. Sundays only. Monday-Saturday service run by Rossendalebus
311 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Skelmersdale Kirkdale, Walton, Rice Lane, Black Bull, Aintree Racecourse/Station/Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull, Lydiate, Robbins Island, Aughton, Ormskirk, Birch Green Bootle depot
312 Skelmersdale Tanhouse St Helens depot Circular
345 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Skelmersdale Kirkdale, Walton, Rice Lane, Black Bull, Aintree Racecourse/Station/Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull (Altway), Waddicar Bootle depot Journeys to/from Skelmersdale service is limited Monday - Friday journeys. All other journeys run Liverpool-Waddicar
362 Wigan Chorley Interchange Standish, Shevington Moor, Coppull Moor, Coppull Bolton / St Helens depots One Sunday journey run by Wigan Buses
375
385
395
Southport (375/385) Wigan Scarisbrick (375/385), Bescar (375), Ormskirk, Old Skelmersdale, Skelmersdale, Tanhouse (395), Orrell, Pemberton Southport/St Helens depot
535 Bolton Belmont Astley Bridge Bolton depot
537 Bolton Edgworth Astley Bridge, Andrew Lane, Dunscar, Bromley Cross Bolton depot

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MerseysideEdit

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No. From To Via Depot Notes
6 Liverpool Queen Square Huyton Elizabeth Road Edge Lane, Bowring Park, Huyton, Cronton, Penketh Green Lane Monday to Saturday Daytimes Only
Warrington Bus Station
7 Liverpool Queen Square Huyton Bus Station Edge Lane, Broadgreen Hospital, Dovecot, Page Moss, Woolfall Heath Green Lane
7A Liverpool Queen Square Warrington Bus Station Edge Lane, Broadgreen Hospital, Dovecot, Page Moss, Woolfall Heath, Huyton, Cronton, Penketh Green Lane
8
8E
9
9E
Liverpool James Street Huyton Kensington, Old Swan, Knotty Ash, Longview Green Lane Circulars (Monday to Saturday Daytimes)
10
10A
Liverpool James Street St Helens Bus Station Kensington, Old Swan, Longview, Prescot, Grange Park (10) or Thatto Heath (10A/110) St Helens some 10A Merseytravel contracted service. Quality Partnership with Stagecoach Merseyside
10B Huyton Elizabeth Road Liverpool Queen St or LiverpoolONE Kensington, Old Swan, Bluebell Lane, Huyton Bus Station, Bluebell Lane, Old Swan, Kensington Green Lane Daytime service runs circular route in Liverpool city centre. Evening journeys terminate at LiverpoolONE
12
13
112
113
Liverpool James Street/Liverpool ONE Bus Station Stockbridge Village Tuebrook, West Derby, Deysbrook, Page Moss/Stockbridge Village Green Lane Circulars. 112/113 Merseytravel contracted service
14
14A
14X
Liverpool James Street Tower Hill (14) Breck Road, Townsend Avenue, Broadway, Croxteth. Green Lane Infrequent service continues to/from Moorgate Road (14/14X), Kirkby Civic Centre (14). Some 14 Merseytravel contract service. Quality Partnership with Stagecoach Merseyside
Croxteth (14A)
Kirkby Admin (14X)
15 Liverpool James Street Huyton Tuebrook, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Pilch Lane Green Lane
18
218
Liverpool James Street Croxteth Park Estate Tuebrook, Muirhead Avenue Green Lane 218 Merseytravel contracted service
20 St Helens Newton-le-Willows Blackbrook, Haydock, Earlestown St Helens
26
27
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Sheil Road Anfield, Kensington, Toxteth Green Lane Circulars
31 St Helens Parr Fleet Lane St Helens
32
32A
Clock Face Clinkham Wood St Helens Town Centre St Helens
33
33A
Sutton Heath Sutton Manor (33) St Helens St Helens
Widnes (33A)
34
34A
St Helens Leigh (34) Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Lowton (34) St Helens
35
35A
St Helens Junction Gillars Green (35) St Helens St Helens
Eccleston (35A)
36
36A
St Helens Chain Lane St Helens Circulars
38 St Helens Rainford Dentons Green, Windle, Rainford Junction St Helens
42 Crossens Southport (Walnut Street) Marshside, Churchtown, Southport Town Centre, Kew Southport
43
46
Hillside High Park (43) Southport Town Centre Southport
Blowick (46)
44
44A
44D
Crossens Woodvale (44) Marshside, Churchtown, Southport Town Centre, Kew, Ainsdale, Woodvale, Freshfield (44A/44D) Southport
Formby (44A/44D)
47 Banks Liverpool ONE Bus Station Churchtown Southport Town Centre, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Ince Blundell, Crosby, Waterloo, Bootle Southport
48
48A
Southport Liverpool ONE Bus Station Hillside, Ainsdale, Formby, Crosby, Waterloo, Bootle Southport
49 Crossens Woodvale Churchtown, Southport Town Centre, Birkdale, Ainsdale Southport
52
52A
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Netherton Kirkdale, Stanley Road, Linacre Lane, Hawthorne Road (52), Orrell Road (52A), Sefton Road, Gorsey Lane Bootle
53 Liverpool ONE Bus Station Crosby Kirkdale, Stanley Road, Linacre Road, Litherland, Waterloo Bootle depot Quality Partnership with Stagecoach Merseyside
53A Liverpool ONE Bus Station Netherton Kirkdale, Stanley Road, Linacre Road, Litherland, Waterloo, Crosby Bootle Quality Partnership with Stagecoach Merseyside
54 Liverpool Mann Island Thornton Vauxhall Road, Stanley Road, Linacre Road, Litherland, Waterloo Bootle
55
55D
155
Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Old Roan Station Kirkdale, Stanley Road, Linacre Road, Sefton Road, Gorsey Lane, Northern Perimeter Road Bootle 55D Monday - Friday peak service/155 Merseytravel contracted service
56
56A
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Netherton Norton Street, Scotland Road (56A/156) or Great Homer Street (56), Melrose Road, Southport Road, Netherton Way, Gorsey Lane Bootle
58 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Netherton Great Homer Street, Westminster Road, Stanley Road, Linacre Road, Park Lane Bootle
59 Bootle Strand Bus Station Netherton Church Road, Sterrix Lane, Gorsey Lane Bootle
60 Bootle Strand Bus Station Aigburth Vale Breeze Hill, Queens Drive, Derby Lane, St Oswalds Street, Rathbone Road, Gainsborough Road, Ullet Road Bootle
61
161
Bootle Strand Bus Station Aigburth Vale Knowsley Road, Orrell Park, Long Lane, Broadway, Almonds Green, Alder Hey Hospital, Old Swan, Childwall Five Ways, Taggart Avenue, Rose Lane Bootle 161 Merseytravel contracted Service
62
62A
62B
162
Crosby Islington (62/62B/162) Penny Lane Crosby Road North (62/62B/162), Coronation Road (62/62B/162), Knowsley Road, Balliol Road, Breeze Hill, Walton Vale, Black Bull, Fazakerley Hospital, Muirhead Avenue, Old Swan, Wavertree Clock Tower Bootle 162 Merseytravel contracted service
Bootle North Park (62A)
68 Bootle Strand Bus Station Aigburth Vale Marsh Lane, Hornby Road, Walton, Priory Road, Tuebrook, Old Swan, Thingwall Road, Dovedale Road Bootle
73 Halewood Liverpool South Parkway Hunts Cross Speke Circular
74
75
75E
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Halewood Princes Park, Penny Lane, Allerton Road, Woolton Speke
76
76A
77
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Halewood Liverpool Women's Hospital, Penny Lane, Allerton Road, Menlove Avenue, Woolton Speke
78 Liverpool Exchange Street East Halewood Picton Road, Woolton Speke
79 Liverpool ONE Bus Station Netherley Picton Road, Childwall, Belle Vale Speke
79C Liverpool Queen Square / Liverpool ONE Bus Station Murdishaw Picton Road, Childwall, Belle Vale, Hough Green, Widnes, Runcorn High Street, Halton Lea Runcorn Continues to Liverpool ONE Bus Station: AM/PM Peak Times, Evenings, Sundays
80
80A
Liverpool Liverpool ONE Bus Station Speke Morrisons (80) Princes Park, Penny Lane, Brodie Avenue, Liverpool South Parkway, Garston Village, Speke
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (80A)
81
81A
181
Bootle Strand Bus Station Liverpool John Lennon Airport Queens Drive, Childwall Park Avenue, Woolton Road, Hunts Cross Speke 181 Merseytravel contracted service
Speke Morrisons (81/181)
82
82D
Liverpool ONE Bus Station Speke Morrisons Dingle, Aigburth, Garston, Speke Speke
86 Liverpool ONE Bus Station Garston Smithdown Road, Penny Lane, Mather Avenue Speke
86A Liverpool ONE Bus Station Liverpool John Lennon Airport Smithdown Road, Penny Lane, Mather Avenue, Liverpool South Parkway Speke depot
86D Liverpool ONE Bus Station Garston Smithdown Road, Penny Lane, Mather Avenue Speke
86E Liverpool ONE Bus Station Allerton Tesco Smithdown Road, Penny Lane Speke
89 St Helens Liverpool John Lennon Airport (89) Eccleston, Whiston Hospital, Huyton, Belle Vale, Hunts Cross St Helens
117 Moreton Cross Clatterbridge Hospital Upton Village, Arrowe Park Hospital, Higher Bebington Birkenhead Merseytravel contracted service
118
119
New Brighton Mill Park Estate Seaview Road, Liscard Village, Birkenhead Park Merseyrail Station, Beechwood Estate, Upton Village, Arrowe Park Hospital, New Ferry (118), Spital Dam (119), Bromborough Cross Birkenhead Merseytravel contracted services
156 St Helens Garswood Sankey Village St Helens Merseytravel contracted evening/Sunday service
Ashton-in-Makerfield (Evening/Sundays)
216
217
Birkenhead Woodside Birkenhead Woodside Birkenhead Bus Station, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton Village, Bidston Birkenhead Circulars. Service 217 runs in opposite direction AM Only.
300 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Southport Kirkdale, Stanley Road, Orrell Park, Aintree Racecourse/Station/Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull, Lydiate, Downholland Cross, Haskayne, Halsall, Shirdley Hill, Kew, Meols Cop Station, Southport
311 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Skelmersdale Kirkdale, Walton, Rice Lane, Black Bull, Aintree Racecourse/Station/Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull, Lydiate, Robbins Island, Aughton, Ormskirk, Birch Green Bootle
320 St Helens Wigan Blackbrook, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Bamfurlong, Platt Bridge, Ince-in-Makerfield St Helens
329 St Helens Warrington Interchange Parr, Collins Green, Burtonwood, Winwick Road St Helens
345 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Waddicar Kirkdale, Walton, Rice Lane, Black Bull, Aintree Racecourse/Station/Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull (Altway), Waddicar Bootle One return journey to/from Skelmersdale Monday - Friday. All other journeys run Liverpool-Waddicar
350
250
Liverpool Queen Square Maghull Ashworth Hospital Kirkdale, Walton, Rice Lane, Black Bull, Aintree Racecourse, Station and Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, Maghull Bootle 250 Merseytravel contracted service
352 St Helens Wigan Haresfinch, Moss Bank, Billinge, Higher End, Orrell, Pemberton St Helens
356 St Helens Rainford Station Windle Island, Crank Hill St Helens
360 Warrington Wigan Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows, Lowton, Golborne, Edge Green, Bamfurlong, Abram, Platt Bridge, Spring View, Ince-in-Makerfield Bolton depot Evening and Sunday journeys run by South Lancs Travel
375
385
Southport Wigan Scarisbrick, Bescar (375), Ormskirk, Old Skelmersdale, Skelmersdale, Orrell, Pemberton Southport
401
X11
Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Chester Birkenhead Bus Station, Rock Ferry (401), New Ferry Toll Bar(401), New Ferry By-Pass (X11), Bromborough Cross, Eastham, Little Sutton, Great Sutton (X11), Ellesmere Port (401), Backford, Bache Birkenhead X11 Monday to Friday peak service
403
413
423
Liverpool Sir Thomas Street (423) Seacombe Ferry Borough Road, Prenton, Woodchurch, Upton, Town Meadow Lane (423), Moreton, Leasowe, Wallasey Village, Liscard Village (413/423), Poulton (403) Birkenhead Some 423 Merseytravel contracted services
Birkenhead Bus Station (403/413)
407 Liverpool Sir Thomas Street Moreton Birkenhead, Laird Street Birkenhead
409 Birkenhead Woodside Ferry Wallasey Village Birkenhead Bus Station, Seacombe Ferry, Liscard Village Birkenhead
410
110
New Brighton Clatterbridge Hospital Liscard Village, Victoria Central Hospital, Birkenhead Park Station, Woodside, Birkenhead Bus Station, Bebington Birkenhead 110 Merseytravel contracted service
411 New Brighton Birkenhead Seacombe Ferry, Birkenhead Park Station, Woodside Ferry, Birkenhead Bus Station Birkenhead
418
419
218
219
Birkenhead Woodside Mill Park Birkenhead Bus Station, Laird Street, Bidston Village, Beechwood Estate, Upton Village, Arrowe Park Hospital, Woodchurch Road, Bebington, Spital Cross Roads (419), Bromborough Cross Birkenhead 218/219 Merseytravel contracted services
420 West Kirby Liverpool M53 & Kingsway Mersey Tunnel Birkenhead Express 1 AM journey weekdays
432
433
Liverpool Cook Street New Brighton Kingsway Tunnel, Poulton Road (433), Liscard Village (432), Wallasey (432), Rake Lane (433) Birkenhead
437 Liverpool Cook Street West Kirby Birkenhead Bus Station, Birkenhead Park, Laird Street, Upton Village, Frankby, Greasby Birkenhead
464 Liverpool Cook Street New Ferry Shorefields Birkenhead Bus Station, Borough Road, Higher Bebington Birkenhead
472 Liverpool Cook Street Heswall Bus Station Birkenhead Bus Station, Borough Road, Woodchurch Road, Arrowe Park Hospital, Thingwall, Pensby Village Birkenhead
Barnston (472 certain PM journeys)
487
488
Liverpool Crosshall Street Neston/Parkgate (487) Ness Gardens(488) Birkenhead Bus Station, Higher Tranmere, Bebington Oval, Clatterbridge Hospital, Thornton Hough, Neston Birkenhead 488 Sunday variant to Ness Gardens
Ness Gardens (488)
500 Liverpool Lime Street Liverpool John Lennon Airport Estuary Business Park (Speke) Speke Limited Stop Express Service
501 Liverpool South Parkway Liverpool John Lennon Airport via Speke Boulevard Speke Non-stop Express Service
602 Newton Community Hospital Ashton-in-Makerfield Haydock, Earlestown St Helens Merseytravel contract service
620 St Helens Bus Station Hindley Green Blackbrook, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Bamfurlong, Platt Bridge, Hindley St Helens TfGM contracted service
699 Liverpool City Centre/Universities University of Liverpool Halls of Residence Smithdown Road, Liverpool Women's Hospital Speke
920 St Helens Bus Station Haydock Industrial Estate Thatto Heath, Lea Green, Marshall's Cross, Clock Face, Sutton Manor, Sutton Leach, Sutton, Parr, Derbyshire Hill, Fingerpost, Blackbrook, Haydock St Helens Limited service
PR1
PR2
PR3
Southport Park & Ride Services Esplanade Park & Ride, Lord Street (PR1), Kew Park & Ride, Lord Street (PR2), Fairway Park & Ride, Lord Street (PR3) Southport Merseytravel/Sefton Council contracted services
X1 Liverpool ONE Bus Station Runcorn Windmill Hill Aigburth, Speke then non stop to Runcorn High Street, Castlefields, Halton Lea, Halton Hospital, Palacefields, Brookvale, Murdishaw, Runcorn East Train Station Runcon Limited Stop Express Service

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Night bus networkEdit

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As of December 2011

No. From To Via Depot Notes
N5 Liverpool Queen Square Runcorn Widnes, Runcorn High Street, Halton Lea, Runcorn East Station, Windmill Hill Runcorn depot Saturdays only
N23 Liverpool Queen Square Upton/Moreton Birkenhead Bus Station, Arrowe Park, Upton Village, Moreton Cross Laird Street depot Saturdays only
N37 Liverpool Queen Square West Kirby Birkenhead Bus Station, Upton Village, Greasby, West Kirby Station Laird Street depot Saturdays only
N450 Liverpool Queen Square New Brighton Birkenhead Bus Station, Poulton, Liscard Village, Wallasey Laird Street depot Fridays & Saturdays only

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FleetEdit

The fleet consists of approximately 950 operational vehicles as of March 2012,[5] consisting of a wide variety of makes and types. The fleet is about 79% single-deck and 94% low-floor. Arriva stated its intention to make its main routes serving Liverpool completely low-floor by 2008, and the whole of Merseyside by 2011.[6]

Single deckEdit

The Dennis Dart SLF, along with its smaller variant the MPD, still makes up a significant part of the fleet, accounting for just over 200 vehicles. The last step-entrance Dennis Darts have been withdrawn. More recently, the VDL SB120 and SB200 have become the standard single deck types, the majority featuring Wright Cadet, Commander and Pulsar bodywork; between them, these types now make up over a third of the fleet. Other new deliveries since 2007 have included ten Alexander Dennis Enviro300, four Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts and fifteen Optare Solos.

The only remaining step entry single deckers are seventeen Scania L113s with Northern Counties Paladin bodywork, sixteen of which are based at St Helens, the other being unallocated.

Double deckEdit

On the double-deck side of the fleet, a total of 47 new VDL DB300s with Wright Gemini 2 bodywork are being delivered to Speke and Winsford depots, the bulk of the order, 44 buses, intended for the former. 35 Alexander Dennis Enviro400s entered service in 2009, mainly displacing Volvo Olympians. Twenty-three of the Enviro400s were for routes through the Mersey Tunnels, these being the first vehicles in the fleet to carry the interurban (now standard) variant of Arriva livery, apart from a solitary demonstrator. The other twelve were for services between Bootle and Aigburth Vale. Previously, 30 Volvo B7TL with Alexander ALX400 bodywork had entered service on services between Liverpool and Garston in 2006. The low floor double-deck fleet has been boosted by over 50 DAF DB250 with Alexander ALX400 bodywork and six Wright Eclipse Gemini-bodied Volvos from Arriva London, and three Dennis Tridents with Plaxton President bodywork that were acquired with the Blue Bus business in Bolton.

The dwindling fleet of step-entrance double-deckers consists mainly of around thirty Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympians.

Unusual vehiclesEdit

Unusual vehicles in the fleet include the Ikarus 481 and Polaris bodies on DAF SB220 chassis, acquired with the Blue Bus fleet. The seven Polaris bodies account for a majority of those imported. There are also four MAN 14.220s with East Lancs Myllennium bodywork based at Bolton. Until October 2008, twelve Neoplan N4016 were operated on service 18A from Liverpool to Croxteth Park, and were the only vehicles of their type in Britain.

Speke depot received a total of ten Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated buses from Arriva London in 2011. Two branded vehicles arrived for use on the AirLink 501 route in June 2011,[7] and from September 2011, a further eight standard livery examples found use on service 699 between the University of Liverpool and Carnatic Halls. In November 2011, articulated vehicles were first used on the AirLink 500 route between Liverpool city centre and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Fleet summaryEdit

Double deck (low floor)
Chassis Count Body type(s) Image(s) Allocated to
VDL DB300
47
Wright Gemini 2 100px Speke (44) and Winsford (3)
DAF DB250
43
Alexander ALX400 100px Birkenhead (8), Bootle (20), Manchester (9), Unallocated (3), Winsford (3)
Volvo B7TL
36
Alexander ALX400
Wright Eclipse Gemini
100px100px Birkenhead (6), Southport (8) and Speke (22)
Alexander Dennis Enviro400
35
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 100px Birkenhead (23) and Bootle (12)
Dennis Trident 2
3
Plaxton President 100px Birkenhead (3)
Total - double deck
(low floor)
164
Double deck (step entry)
Chassis Count Body type(s) Image(s) Allocated to
Volvo Olympian
30
East Lancs Pyoneer
Northern Counties Palatine
Northern Counties Palatine II
100px100px100px Bolton (10), Southport (5), Speke (3), Unallocated (5) and Winsford (7)
DAF DB250
5
Northern Counties Palatine II 100px Bolton (5)
Total - double deck
(step entry)
35
Single deck (low floor)
Chassis Count Body type(s) Image(s) Allocated to
VDL SB200CS
276
Wright Commander
Wright Pulsar
Wright Pulsar 2
100px100px100px All depots except Winsford
Dennis Dart SLF/SPD/MPD
214
Alexander ALX200
Marshall Capital
Plaxton Pointer
Plaxton Pointer 2
100px100px100px100px All depots except Speke
DAF SB120
VDL SB120
109
Plaxton Centro
Wright Cadet
100px100px Birkenhead (19), Bolton (4), Bootle (4), Runcorn (35), Speke (20), St Helens (8) and Winsford (19)
DAF SB220
53
Alexander ALX300
East Lancs Myllennium
Ikarus Polaris
Ikarus 481
Plaxton Prestige
100px100px100px
100px100px
Birkenhead (14), Bolton (9), Green Lane (9), Manchester (5), Speke (14) and Unallocated (2)
Volvo B10BLE
32
Wright Renown 100px Bolton (2), Green Lane (6), Southport (7) and St Helens (17)
Optare Solo M880SL
13
Optare Solo 100px Bolton (1), Manchester (8) and St Helens (4)
Alexander Dennis Enviro300
10
Alexander Dennis Enviro300 100px Manchester (10)
Mercedes-Benz Citaro G
10
Mercedes-Benz Citaro 100px Speke (10)
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart
4
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 100px Southport (4)
MAN 14.220
4
East Lancs Myllennium 100px Bolton (4)
Volvo B7L
1
Wright Eclipse 100px Bolton (1)
Total - single deck
(low floor)
726
Single deck (step entry)
Chassis Count Body type(s) Image(s) Allocated to
Scania L113
14
Northern Counties Paladin 100px St Helens (13) and Unallocated (1)
Total - single deck
(step entry)
14

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Arriva names managing director for Arriva Buses Wales. Arriva press releases. Retrieved on 29 January 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Arriva North West - History - About Arriva - Arriva buses. Arriva. Retrieved on 27 September 2011.
  3. Arriva news ukbusinesspark.co.uk
  4. Nicholas Lawley. Blue Bus - A Short History. Freewebs. Retrieved on 27 September 2011.
  5. Arriva North West & Wales fleetlist. Wirral Bus Companies. Retrieved on 20 September 2011.
  6. Arriva calls for support to deliver its vision for Merseyside. Arriva press releases. Retrieved on 18 November 2007.
  7. Arriva Mercedes Artics on route 501. Merseyside Dennis Dart Website. Retrieved on 2 July 2011.

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