Knowsley Older People's Voice

Bus service success

DSC00038smMember of Knowsley Older Peoples Voice are celebrating the introduction of a regular bus service to the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) in Huyton. The group have lobbied for such a service since the opening of the CIL in early 2011.

The CIL is designed as a one stop shop for health and disability issues in Knowsley, unhealthy bringing together a range of related services under one roof to help people with disabilities or mobility issues live more independently. It is open to the public 5 days a week.

Tom Best – vice Chair of Knowsley Older Peoples voice said “The opening of the CIL was warmly welcomed by the elderly and disabled looking to access these important services and maintain their independence. However, the only building suitable for the facility – which required large areas of showroom space, consultation areas, and equipment storage – was on the Industrial Park at Wilson Road, Huyton. This was not served by any existing regular bus route within easy walking distance”.

Knowsley Older People’s Voice has been looking to influence the improvement of public transport to this important facility. They have made representations to Merseytravel with detailed suggestions for existing bus route diversions to serve the CIL, and gained the support of the local MP, Local Authority Officers and a range of other agencies.

Eventually a chance meeting with Darren Stewart from Huyton Travel Ltd highlighted that as the operator of the 883 service running between John Lennon Airport and Huyton,  they were open to the idea of a minor rerouting of the outward and inward bound services every other hour which would take it past the CIL. Approval from Merseytravel was gained, and the new service commenced on 11th March 2013.

Tom said, “We are delighted that our sustained lobbying for this service has now been successful, and are grateful to Huyton Travel, Merseytravel, and our partners for their support and co-operation”.

Click here for timetable of the 883 service (pdf)

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KOPV is a formally constituted body & has a Steering group of 12 elected members responsible for planning & delivering the work of KOPV on behalf of its members