Updated: Halton Transport Goes under, Arriva Takes over 61 Bus

By on Friday, January 24, 2020

[Update 25/01/20: Halton Transport has officially ceased trading. Arriva has stepped in to provide a replacement 61 bus service on a similar schedule, but only going as far as Queens Drive/Rocky Lane from Monday to Saturday and Huyton on Sunday. Click here for the new timetable.]

Halton Transport has stopped operating and is in danger of going bust altogether, leaving passengers in Prescot without the 61 bus service.

The 61 route connects Widnes and Runcorn with Liverpool seven days a week, passing through Rainhill, Prescot and Whiston before heading into the city via Huyton, Childwall and Wavertree.

The company has continued trading with the support of Halton Borough Council in recent years, ending with a complete shutdown on Thursday 23 January, when several drivers failed to show up for work following emergency talks on Wednesday night.

The company’s website is down.

A statement issued by the council blamed Halton Transport’s “significant financial and operational difficulties” and for the shutdown but gave no further clues as to any progress.

For local travel information, call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000 (7am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm Sat-Sun).


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