Another crucial express bus service to Liverpool from the surrounding Merseyside are is set to be axed.
Arriva have opened a consultation on the future of the X1 from Runcorn to Liverpool .
The company has announced it is planning to axe the route, which runs from Halton Hospital to Liverpool One in just under an hour, because it has “become unsustainable”.
In its place, residents would have to rely on the much slower 500 service between Murdishaw and Liverpool One.
While the X1 covers the route between Runcorn High Street and Liverpool one in just 40 minutes, the 500 takes more than twice that time to do the same journey.
Commercial considerations have already led Arriva to reduce the X1 service in recent years.
The X1 Sunday service was dropped in 2011 due to low demand while last year the route was shortened, with only three early morning services stopping at Castlefields.
A plan in 2017 to scrap the X1’s Runcorn High Street stop following the opening of the Mersey Gateway bridge was abandoned due to public opposition.
Arriva has proposed withdrawing the X1 service from January next year, two months after Stagecoach’s X5 express from Widnes to Liverpool also comes to an end.
Stagecoach announced the closure of the X5 route at the end of October, saying it was “not commercially viable”. The service will end on November 24.
If the X1 is also axed, it will leave the borough of Halton with no express bus services to Liverpool city centre.
Residents have until November 27 to respond to Arriva’s consultation on the X1 service, which can be found on Merseytravel’s website.