Derek has written to Arriva to complain about its recent changes to local bus services, notably its withdrawal of the popular XI Sunday and evening service between Runcorn and Liverpool, taking up the concerns of local constituents.
Having received written and verbal representations from several aggrieved constituents, Derek has asked for a meeting to discuss the service changes with Arriva Area Managing Director John Rimmer following an unsatisfactory response to his letter of 21 September.
In his follow up letter to Mr Rimmer, Derek has pointed to recent instances of cancelled and changed services which he believes are a bad sign of things to come if Arriva does not change course. On Tuesday 4th October, a dozen passengers were left behind when the 07.35am bus was too crowded because of the non-running of the 07.15am service.
"Transferring passengers to the 79c and 82a services will mean a considerably longer journey for passengers. Those starting work or university at 9am will have to leave Runcorn on the 07.15am bus."
He added that massive overcrowding will also be a problem if the decision to withdraw the 1745 service from Liverpool goes ahead, with the 17.25 service being rescheduled to 1735; "the 17.25 service regularly departs Liverpool ONE with standing passengers, the planned reschedule will only make matters worse."
Derek is of the view that an existing stretched network will find its problems exacerbated, with considerable disruption to his constituents, if the changes are not reversed.
"I look forward to a meeting with Arriva's Area Manager, when I will put to Mr. Rimmer the concerns of my constituents about these disruptive changes to our local bus services which serve as a key link-up for commuters and shoppers travelling between Halton and Liverpool. In that meeting I shall be pressing Arriva to reverse these recent decisions to our local bus timetable."