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22 Sep 2014
Bus operator Stagecoach has launched a new service connecting two of the North West’s primary retail and leisure hubs.
The X8 service will enable commuters to travel between Liverpool and Chester in around 45 minutes – the fastest service currently available. The new rapid service will enable shoppers from both cities to reach key leisure and shopping destinations Liverpool ONE and Cheshire Oaks in under an hour.
The X8 service, which launched on September 7th, provides a reliable and frequent bus service from the centre of the Chester to the heart of Liverpool. The service runs seven days a week, every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sundays and bank holidays.
Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director at Stagecoach, said: “This is set to be an incredibly popular route, which connects people in Liverpool and Chester with some of the best leisure, shopping and tourism activity in the North West.
“Shoppers from both cities are now able to reach brilliant retail and leisure destinations including Cheshire Oaks, Liverpool ONE and great family attractions like the Blue Planet Aquarium and Chester Zoo in under one hour.
“We’re focused on delivering a fast, affordable and friendly service for our passengers and launching this new route is no exception. Taking the bus is fast becoming the most convenient and sustainable transport option and we hope that this new rapid service will encourage people to leave the car at home, and try this option instead!”
The service runs from Chester Foregate Street and the Rail station to Hoole Road, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Ellesmere Port bus and rail stations. It then travels up to Bromborough and by motorway to Liverpool, where it terminates in the heart of the city centre.
People travelling on the X8 route are also able to enjoy free and speedy Wi-Fi access on board, helping them have a productive and enjoyable commute.
Stagecoach carries 3 million passengers daily nationwide helping them get to their destination safely. This new service is just one of many to help customers with smarter travel.