THE DEDICATED bus service between Liverpool John Lennon Aiport and Liverpool South Parkway has been axed.
Bus operator Arriva said it was not viable to run the 501 service. Today was the last day the 10-minute non-stop service will operate.
From tomorrow passengers will be directed towards 86A service which runs every 12 minutes, and 80A which runs every 20 minutes.
Arriva said the service had been part funded by transport authority Merseytravel since its launch in 2009 but the subsidy was being removed.
Cllr Liam Robinson, chairman of Merseytravel, said: “Unfortunately this service was not commercially viable, and we have decided that – given that there are established alternative services available – we are not in a position to continue our support.
“The link between Liverpool South Parkway and the airport is an important facility and we are confident that the other services provided by Arriva – the 80A and the 86A – will continue to make it easy and convenient for travellers to get to and from the airport.”
A spokesperson for Arriva said: “The 501 was a dedicated service between Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool John Lennon Airport run in partnership with Merseytravel over a 4 year period. From February 2013, the period of agreed support for the 501 has come to an end, and unfortunately the service can no longer operate on a commercial basis alone.
“Arriva continues to operate services between Liverpool South Parkway and the Airport, including the 86A, which runs every 12 minutes and the 80A which runs every 20 minutes, continuing to provide a frequent, convenient link.”
The service offered a non-stop journey time of 10 minutes, and ran Monday to Saturday every 20 minutes between 7am and 7pm.
Passengers will be able to buy a combined rail and bus ticket from any station to the airport.
The service was launched in a blaze of publicity in 2009.
Then chairman of transport authority Mark Dowd said at the time: “This shuttle bus is another way of making sure that we encourage more people to see public transport to the airport as a better option than the car.
“It’s the easiest way to link air travellers to and from Merseyside’s excellent rail network, and an airport that is proving to be one of Europe’s fastest growing.”
On Thursday Merseytravel is due to vote through a 10p rise on the Mersey Tunnels toll.
The cost for cars will rise to £1.60 from April.