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Quality Bus Network – improving bus services

Stagecoach and Arriva are working with local partners to improve the quality of your bus services in Merseyside.  The Merseyside Quality Bus Network makes it easier for you to catch a bus in the area, resulting in quicker and more convenient travel.


Quality Bus Network partners

Stagecoach and Arriva are working to improve Merseyside bus services with: 

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  • Merseytravel
  • Cheshire West council
  • Chester council
  • Knowlsey council
  • Liverpool  council
  • Sefton council
  • St Helens  council

What the Quality Bus Network means to you

The Quality Bus Network aims to improve your bus journeys by:

  • making bus timetables more regular during the day so you don’t have to wait as long
  • putting more buses on the roads in the evening
  • improving facilities at bus stops eg better information and improved access
  • implementing multi operator tickets where our drivers will be able to accept certain Arriva tickets on Stagecoach buses and vice versa 


Following the recent change to timetables as a result of  COVID-19, from Wednesday 25th March (until further notice) Arriva and Stagecoach will expand the range of ticket acceptance on the existing Quality Bus Network routes – 10*/10A/10B*/14/14A*/14B*/53/82*/82C*/86*/86A*/86C* (*The acceptance remains only valid along  the common sections of route).
Therefore, in addition to day and weekly tickets being accepted, 28 day/monthly, Annual and Student tickets will also be valid for travel.


Routes and tickets on the Quality Bus Network

The following Stagecoach and Arriva routes and tickets are available on the Quality Bus Network:

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Routes and timetables

Day / Weekly / 28 day/monthly / Quarterly / Annual / Student tickets 

1 / 1A (Chester to Blacon)


10 / 10A / 10B* (Liverpool to St Helens)


14,  /   14A,   /   14B / 14X* (Liverpool to Willow Way only)


15 / 15A* (Chester to Saughall)


53 (Liverpool to Crosby only)


82,  /   82D (Liverpool to Garston or South Parkway)


86 / 86C / 86D* (Liverpool to Garston or South Parkway)


471 / 472 (Liverpool to Heswall)


Arriva tickets are not valid on Stagecoach services beyond these points:

  • 14/14A/14B between Tower Hill and Croxteth (Willow Way)
  • 86C between Allerton and Hope University
  • 15A Journeys to or from the Countess of Chester Hospital. 

Stagecoach tickets are not valid on Arriva services beyond these points:

  • 10B* between  Huyton Bus Station and Huyton Elizabeth Road
  • 14X* between Willow Way and Kirkby Industrial Estate
  • 82/82D between Speke and Garson
  • No valid on service 82A
  • 86A/86D between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and South Parkway

Please note certain Arriva 'm-tickets' are now accepted on the Stagecoach services shown above.


Quality Bus Network routes are still accepting Merseytravel:

  • Solo tickets
  • Trio tickets
  • Walrus tickets
  • free travel passes 

Merseytravel tickets are not valid south of Hooton Crossroads.


How to spot Quality Network buses  


You’ll be able to see the Quality Bus Network logo on all Quality Network timetables and bus stops.

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