domingo, 18 de enero de 2009

LIVERPOOL CRUZA EL RÍO CON EL 432 / LIVERPOOL CROSES THE RIVER WITH THE 432

Liverpool con alrededor de 450.000 habitantes, dispone de una red extensa de autobuses gestionada por Merseytravel y operados por varias compañías. La mayoritaria, es ARRIVA NORTH WEST que recoge el relevo de la antigua MTL y MerseyBus, tras la privatización, pero que, además, cubre la zona de la región Noroeste de Inglaterra y Norte de Gales. Dispone de 1,334 vehículos (88% de un piso y 65% de piso bajo). Arriva en 2008 dispuso de autobuses de piso bajo en las principales rutas de Liverpool, que extenderá al resto de Merseyside hasta 2011.

La ciudad no dispone de un 32, curiosamente. No obstante, los autobuses que cruzan al otro lado del río Mersey, al distrito de Wirral, suelen ir numerados con el 4xx y ahí, sí que encontramos el 432, que une el centro de la ciudad, Castle Street, (en la foto, con el Ayuntamiento al fondo) con New Brighton, una antigua zona de veraneo venida a menos. El recorrido se hace por uno de los dos túneles carreteros (Kingsway) que conectan ambas orillas, dando servicio a Poulton, Liscard, Wallasey y New Brighton. El servicio se combina con la 430 y la 433. Curiosamente, por la noche, el recorrido no es el mismo, pero sí cubre todas las zonas que recorre únicamente el 432, aunque se renumera N450. Los autobuses utilizados en la 432 suelen ser de dos pisos.

Liverpool has around 450.000 inhabitants and it is serviced by a wide network of buses, controlled by the Transport Executive, called Merseytravel. The main bus operator is ARRIVA NORTH WEST that relays the former MTL and MerseyBus, after the privatisation, although the company covers the rest of the North West Region and North Wales. It has around 1,334 buses (88% single deckers and 65% low floor). Arriva in 2008 agreed to use low floor buses in the main routes in Liverpool, extending it throughout Merseyside by 2011.

Curiously enough, the city doesn't have a 32 route. However, the buses crossing over to the other side of the Mersey, numbered 4xx do have a 432 that links Liverpool city centre (Castle Street, in the picture with the City Hall at the back) with New Brighton, a former summer resort. The route crosses the Kingsway Tunnel, serving Poulton, Liscard, Wallasey and New Brighton. The service is combined with 430 and 433. Funnily, at night, the bus is renumbered N450, but it serves the same areas as the 432. Buses used in this route are usually double deckers.

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