Calls are growing for night a bus service to resume with more than 20,000 people lending their names to a petition.
A Change.org petition was launched calling for the reinstatement of Stagecoach 's 86 night bus from Liverpool city centre to Speke via the Smithdown area.
The service is popular with students but it has been suspended since the start of the pandemic.
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The petition's creator pointed to the cost of taxi fares in comparison to a bus ticket, as well as the difficulty of getting home amid a taxi shortage. They also pointed to concerns for women's safety when travelling home at night.
They said: "Prior to covid-19 Liverpool used to run hourly buses (i.e. 86 and 86A) after 12am, but since then, and even after the UK opening up again these have not returned.
"Liverpool is a 'university city', housing three large universities and countless colleges, 24 hour access to public transport is a necessity.
"Due to covid-19 and the shortage of taxi drivers, taxis are costing upwards of £25 for short two mile journeys.
"I have found myself finishing work after 12am and being faced with the cost of £30 Ubers or to walk home alone in the dark.
"No one, especially students can justify the cost of what could be more than three hours pay or a week’s food shop to get home safely."
Writing on Change.org, the petition's author said: "I believe the reinstatement of night buses will improve the safety of women and provide a peace of mind for everyone, not just women.
"London has recently reinstated the night tube in an effort to create a safer environment for everyone living in the city and I believe Liverpool should follow suit and join them in providing accessible transport, 24 hours, for everyone."
There are no immediate plans to resume the 86 night bus, according to Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire.
But, speaking on behalf of the Liverpool Bus Alliance, a partnership between the Liverpool City Region, Stagecoach, Arriva and other smaller bus operator, he said there are longer term plans for night bus services on main routes across Liverpool.
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Matt Davies told the ECHO : "The night bus service was not viable prior to the pandemic and demand remains weakened.
"At the present time, the combination of driver shortages and revenue not covering operating costs means we are not in a position to reintroduce the services.
"We are working on proposals for the longer term to introduce a package of night bus services with ARRIVA and the LCR as part of overall improvements to the Network from April next year onwards through the Bus Service Improvement Plan that will shortly be submitted by the LCR to the Government together."
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