Merseytravel Bus Network Review

Merseytravel, as part of its Bus Strategy, is committed to carry out regular bus network reviews across all areas of Merseyside.

The aim of these reviews is to make sure that the bus network across region meets the contemporary needs of the public and adapts to plans for future housing, leisure and employment developments, building on the work done in reviews in previous years.

As part of the Bus Alliance, Merseytravel is working with Arriva, Stagecoach and the other bus operators through these network reviews with the aim of getting more people using the bus by creating a better bus experience.

This includes improved and simpler networks, value-for-money fare structures that are easy to understand and more investment in the buses themselves. Encouraging more people to travel by bus drives investment and means less reliance on the public purse.

Reviews will be carried out on a regular cycle, with an area being reviewed approximately every six months. On average, each area will be reviewed every 2-3 years, ensuring that the network delivers the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region.

Details on the reviews of each district will appear on this page as and when they take place. You will be able to find out details of the changes proposed to the bus network in each region and give your feedback via an online survey.

There will also be the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions to provide feedback and ask any questions, with representatives from Merseytravel and the bus operators available to answer your queries.

If you are unable to attend the events and give your views on the bus services in your area or would like to ask any questions about the reviews, you can contact our comments team through the Merseytravel website by emailing or by telephone 0151 330 1000.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.


Between the 15th and the 28th May burglaries or attempted burglaries took place in the following locations:

BLUNDELLSANDS             Burbobank Road South, Margaret Road, New Fort Way

BOOTLE                                Beatrice Street (2), Southport Road (workshop)

CROSBY                                Sharples Crescent, Alexandra Road, Stuart Road, Cambridge Avenue, Ince Avenue, Berwick Drive

SEAFORTH                           Sandy Road

WATERLOO                         Somerville Road, Crosby Road South (garage), Oxford Drive, South Road

Attempted burglaries 3

Insecure properties or entry gained by unknown means 5

Car keys and vehicles stolen 5


News from your Community Policing Team. A message from Inspector Ian Jones

‘I am pleased to say that South Sefton has been enjoying a lower than normal amount of crime and in particular burglaries and theft from motor vehicles. I was worried with the warm nights that people may leave their windows and doors unlocked which would result in a rise in these type of crimes. I am happy to say that we have only had a handful of burglaries where windows and doors have been left insecure so hopefully this trend will continue.

My team have conducted a further 15 warrants in the last 2 weeks with drugs located in a number of them leading to significant arrests. This hopefully shows that we are acting on your information and also disrupts those who are trying to ruin our communities.’

+252 problem has arrived in the North West

The police in Sweden have received over 10,000 reports about the +252 telephone number. A similar problem has appeared in the US where it was known as the ’One Ring Scam’.

The Swedish Police suspect it is an attempt at fraud. Residents who were targeted say they received missed calls during the middle of the night and when they called back they were connected to answering machines and hold music, apparently designed to keep them on a premium rate line as long as possible. The public were warned to avoid answering calls from unknown foreign numbers and have urged scepticism if called unexpectedly from abroad after an apparent telephone scammer from Somalia targeted Swedish phones. While answering a call from abroad does not cost extra, outgoing calls to the number does.

On 2th May 2018 a resident in West Lancashire bordering the Merseyside area received a very short call on his mobile during the night. The following morning, when he found the missed call on his phone starting with +252, he put the full number into Google and it came up with a warning message advising people not to reply and giving the reasons as above.

Sweden and the US may be a long way from Merseyside but now the problem has appeared too near for us to ignore.

Latest information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.


Between 1st and the 14th May burglaries have taken place in the following locations:

BOOTLE                Litherland Road

CROSBY                Jubilee Road, Anthonys Road (garage), Seafield Avenue, Longfield Avenue, Mornington Avenue,

                                Chesterfield Road, Bridge Road, Hatherley Avenue

SEAFORTH           Rossini Street

WATERLOO         Pine Grove, Hougoumont Grove

Properties left insecure 3

Entry gained by unknown means 2

Car keys and vehicles stolen 2


Scam messages

The last message was a Police Press Release warning of a scam via a telephone call from fraudsters claiming to be the Police, stating that the recipient of the call was part of an investigation into suspected staff procedures within their bank and their money was at risk. Unfortunately another Sefton resident has fallen a victim to this crime and lost an amount of money. Please warn neighbours, relatives and friends who may not be aware of this fraud.

Suspicious Vehicle

On April 14th a small white Peugeot van part registration number NV 57— with ladders on the roof, was seen being driven very slowly in Holmwood Gardens, Holmwood Close, Beech Drive and Weld Drive Formby and returned for a second time to Holmwood Gardens.

A resident spoke to the men in the vehicle and asked if he could help them. They told him they were looking for a house in Roache Road, they had rung the occupier but received no answer. There is no Roache Road in Formby. They gave the resident a card with the roofing firm where they ‘allegedly’ worked. Please contact the Police if you are suspicious of any such vehicle in your area of Sefton


News from your Community Policing Team. A message from Inspector Ian Jones.


‘Once again it has been a busy week for my team. We have organised and conducted another operation day 10/05/18 executing 12 warrants at addresses across South Sefton. This was targeting those individuals that you are reporting to us for drug dealing and being involved in gangs. We recovered drugs and cash and made 10 arrests for numerous offences. This shows that by working together we can make a difference and stop these people from ruining our communities.

Since my last update we have had no major issues in our area and no patterns in any one crime.

As the nights get lighter and weather gets warmer, can I please just ask that we continue to be conscious of our home security by closing windows and doors when we are in bed or away from the house. Last year we had a number of burglaries with the occupants watching TV in the front of the house but leaving the rear door open or unlocked. Entry was gained and kitchens and rear rooms searched for car keys and valuables. Let’s try and prevent this happening this year.

The Community Police Station has been open for a few months now with a ‘Drop in’ event every Monday between 14:00 and 1600. There have not been many visitors over this period so I ask for people to drop along and say hello to the team.

If anyone has any non-urgent concerns please contact us via our force website or even on Facebook at ‘Sefton Police’.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.

Thefts from Motor vehicles

Between 31st March and the12th April thefts from vehicles have occurred in the following locations:

BLUNDELLSANDS             Burbo Bank Road North, Hall Road West

BOOTLE                                Sussex Street, Staley Drive, Strafford Drive

CROSBY                                Coney Crescent, Tudor Road, Chesterfield Road, Manor Road, Coronation Drive, Dowhills Drive,

                                                Moorgate Avenue, Myers Road West, Rimrose Valley Road

LITHERLAND                       Ennerdale Drive

WATERLOO                         Cedar Grove

Number of vehicles possibly left insecure or entered by unknown means 8

Items left in and then stolen from the vehicle 12

Registration plates removed 1

Vehicle badge stolen 1


Crime Prevention Tip to Help Keep Your Vehicle Safe    

It is suggested that items should be placed in the boot BEFORE and not WHEN the car is parked and left unattended.

In a car park sometimes a thief will watch for a car owner to place items such as laptops, handbags and cameras in the boot and then target the car for the valuable items when the owner has left the vehicle.

Telephone Scam

A Sefton Resident received a call from someone saying he was from BT Openreach. The caller spoke with a foreign accent. He stated that a named man from New Jersey was trying to hack into the resident’s account and requested that he should go on his computer immediately to view his account.

The resident was suspicious and asked the caller for his telephone number and he would call back. The caller gave a number but when the recipient dialled 1471 the call had come from a different number. Action Fraud and BT Openreach were informed.

News from your Community Policing Team. A message from Inspector Ian Jones

Over the last week some of our communities and my team have met some challenging and disturbing events. These have centred around mindless individuals firing guns at rival youths. One of these incidents occurred in a busy residential street when children were playing. As a result my team have been working tirelessly leaving no stone unturned to build bridges with the communities involved whilst ensuring those responsible are brought to justice. We have acted upon community intelligence and executed a number of warrants with drugs being seized and people arrested, however my main ambition which I am sure is shared with yourselves is to remove the firearms from our streets and remove those using them from our community. In order to do this we need your help!! If you have any information at all, please let us know. You can remain anonymous and I can assure you that ALL information will be investigated and acted upon.

Can I also remind you that if you wish to speak to a member of my team you can call in at Marsh Lane Police station or come and see us at Maghull Community Police Station (situated just next to the Maghull Town Hall entrance) on a Monday between 2pm & 4pm. I have also managed to secure a shop on Kirkstone Road North for the next two weeks were we will be joined by a member of staff from One Vision Housing, the Sefton council ASB team and a local Councillor. This will be every Monday and Thursday between 12 and 2pm. As such we will be answer the majority of your queries.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.


Thefts from Motor Vehicles


Between March 17th -28th thefts from motor vehicles have occurred in the following locations:

BOOTLE                Gloucester Road, Hawthorne Road

CROSBY                Cambridge Road (3), Alexandra Road, Warwick Avenue, Dowhills Park, Victoria Road West,

                                Vale Road, Sunnyside Road

SEAFORTH           Pritchard Avenue

WATERLOO         Sandon Street, Sandringham Road, Somerville Grove, Oxford Road


Number of vehicles possibly left insecure 8

Items left in and stolen from vehicles 14

Registration plates removed 1


Crime Prevention Tips to keep your vehicle safe


Park safely in a well-lit location                                                                                  15 seconds

Activate alarm or other security devices                                                                10 seconds

Lock all doors, the boot and close windows                                                          10 seconds

Leave windscreen wipers in the off position to try and avoid vandalism     5 seconds


Less than 1 minute secures your vehicle.

BUT leaving articles and money on view makes your vehicle a potential target.

RESULT this could mean damage to your vehicle and the loss of valuable property, plus an expensive repair bill and a great deal of inconvenience.


Registration plates can be fitted with non- returnable screws to prevent them being stolen.


News from your Community Policing Team. A message from Inspector Ian Jones


It has been a very busy week for our team this week with a wide range of incidents and events. It has been good to see all of the evening fun events in the local park to keep the children entertained over the school holiday period. For this week’s events please look on our Facebook page (Sefton Police) for a daily update.

There have been some good drug seizures in warrants across the South of the Borough which again have been mentioned in our social media updates.

My team managed to arrest one of the main suspects for the theft from motor-vehicles and also breached him on his conditions of his Criminal Behaviour Order. Shane Nixon was put before the court who issued him with a fine and a suspended sentence for the remainder of the order. I am aware Margaret is giving some valuable advice on how to reduce the risk of being the victim of vehicle crime so hopefully we can work together in this area.

Hope you have all had a great Easter and not had too many Easter eggs

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.

Residential Burglaries

Between the 25th February and the 7th March, burglaries or attempted burglaries have taken in the following locations:

BOOTLE                Captains Lane, Southport Road, Pine Grove

CROSBY                Eshe Road North (garage), Endbutt Lane

LITHERLAND       Spooner Avenue, Palmerston Drive, Arnside, Kirkstone Road

SEAFORTH           Cecil Road

Attempted  burglaries 2

Tool taken from shed and used to gain entry to house 2

Insecure 1

A Message from Superintendent Matt Boyle

A major operation aimed at tackling the issue of burglaries on Merseyside is underway from Monday, 5 March 2018, for two weeks, to reinforce burglary as a main priority for Merseyside Police. Operation Castle will intensify the force’s focus on burglary in an attempt to reduce the number of offences, raise community confidence, reassure residents, and reduce the number of outstanding named suspects for burglary. Multimedia will also be circulated via our social media sites using the hashtags #OpCastle and #BeatTheBurglar and further information and advice will be put out using hashtags for all local areas. Residents are advised to look at our social media sites and their own local policing websites where they will find a host of information on burglary hotspots, extra patrols, and advice on security. Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We have listened to the concerns of the local community and want to reassure them that Operation Castle is a big push on tackling burglary and bringing offenders to justice. We are putting more patrols out, asking people to report anything suspicious, identifying repeat victims and safeguarding them. Operation Castle will identify the highest burglary threats at the moment and will be taking action to execute warrants, focus on outstanding named offenders and also deter any possible would-be offenders. Police Officers will also visit all residents within 24 hours of a burglary to help and reassure them. Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We are asking the public to be vigilant as we know the vast majority of burglaries are preventable as they are often opportunistic. Lock your front and back door even when you are in, set your burglar alarm when you go out or go to be and consider getting CCTV. “It’s also a good idea to use light timers when you go out at night or away on holiday, keep valuables out of sight, and secure your shed and garage too. “Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and report anything suspicious to us. “Your home is your castle, hence the name of the operation, and we want the community to feel safe in their own homes. We will be working with Neighborhood Watch schemes so get involved in your local area and help to make a difference down your street.” Further information on policing in your area can be found at or on our local policing Twitter and Facebook pages. Anyone with information regarding burglaries is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: