10 July 2023
The Northern Agenda

Trying to get the bus can feel like a bit of a song and dance at times – and now the efforts of political leaders to bring local services back into public control have been turned into a musical at a Liverpool theatre.

The team at Better Buses for Merseyside have worked together to put on β€˜Bus Regulation: The Musical’ this Saturday at The Black-E in Liverpool city centre, writes Local Democracy Reporter David Humphreys.

Inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1980s hit musical Starlight Express, the 30-minute show features Merseyside-based performers on roller skates playing the buses to tell the history of public transport provision on Merseyside from the postwar period up to the present day, and going into the future. Get your tickets here.

The Liverpool City Region combined authority agreed last year to move forward with franchising as a future model for running the bus network and services, one of only two locations in the UK to opt for such a process.

Rob Parsons