Elswick Road residents in Southport left high and dry by bus diversion

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Action by Southport Lib Dem councillors has prevented Elswick Road Residents being left without a bus service.

Plans to divert the bus routes 40 and 44 for a fortnight were announced last week to enable major utility work to be undertaken on Fylde Road. The 44 was to be rerouted along Lytham Road and Fairhaven Road before rejoining Fylde Road, thereby missing the top end of Marshside and Elswick Roads.

But Councillors Sue McGuire and Pat Keith stepped in and contacted Merseytravel who have agreed to change the diversion.

“It’s always difficult when buses have to be diverted,” said Councillor McGuire. “However, the proposed route was going to leave residents in the Elswick Road area stranded, with no public transport into the town centre or to local shops.”

Councillor keith, who has been working with MerseyTravel to add an additional service for this area said “The initial diversion would have effectively cut off a whole section of Marshside residents including many elderly residents who rely on the bus to get to the shops and to collect their pensions.”

And Councillor McGuire added “I was delighted when MerseyTravel agreed to make a change to the proposed diversion.The new temporary 40 route will include stops on Elswick Road, Marshside Road and Garstang Road.Hopefully the new diversion will mean that no-one is left high and dry while Fylde Road is closed.”

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