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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-01-28

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Cross River Service Is A Hit With Commuters

THE launch of Liverpool's 1st 'Bike Bus' has proved a hit with local commuters and Green Party Councillors who pressed Merseytravel for the scheme to be introduced. The scheme, which sees a single decker bus converted to securely take bikes and their riders through the Mersey Tunnel, was introduced after Green Party Metro Mayor candidate, Tom Crone, expressed concerns about cyclists being stranded during rail improvement works. "The rail improvement works are necessary and welcomed but, to begin with I and my colleagues felt the alternative options for cycling commuters were sorely lacking." Said Cllr Crone. "I spoke with local cycle groups, and "cyclemmuters" (cycling commuters) who were worried that they'd be stranded if the ferries broke down. I'm really pleased to see this 'Bike Bus' in action, and I think it should stay. It can provide a long term alternative."

Local cyclists only have praise for the "great service" the scheme has offered, with cycling group, Pedal Away commenting on Twitter that the 'Bike Bus' was a:- "Gr8 experience", and @cyclist13 saying:- "so strange to be on a bus with only 9 seats, but a great drive." Further praise came for the 'Bike Bus' team, at Arriva NW, Green Lane, and the dedicated drivers who are happily assisting cyclists boarding, and alighting the bus.

Councillor Tom Crone is expected to pledge better provisions for cyclists, and commuters when he launches his Metro Mayor manifesto ahead of the election campaign.  The bus runs once an hour, between Birkenhead and Liverpool, for the duration of the Loop Line Renewals.


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