The Park and Ride bus service in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport

The Southport Park and Ride Service could be axed. 

The service is currently operated by Southport firm Comfy Bus and allows motorists to ‘park and ride’ all day from just £2 per car. 

Drivers park at the Esplanade Car Park before getting aboard a bus which travels along Victoria Way, onto Duke Street, then Lord Street, Leicester Street, the Promenade and back to the car park. 

The service runs from the Esplanade every 10 minutes, through the town centre  and on to the Southport Eco Centre.

It is among a series of local services which could be cut which could save Sefton Council over £4 million in costs. 

Ending the Park and Ride service would save the local authority £200,000 in the next financial year (2024./25), at a time when it is facing severe financial pressures due to a reduction in central government funding, a rise in social care costs, increasing pay for staff, higher energy prices and other pressures. 

Sefton Council will determine savings to be made when it sets its annual Budget this February. 

A report to councillors says that Park and Ride “usage has dropped substantially over recent years”. 

The Esplanade / Eco Centre car park would also be converted into a pay and display car park, with charges yet to be set. 

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