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Steve Rotheram steps in to save school bus services

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram has stepped in to save school bus services after the collapse of a major Merseyside transport company.

Halton Transport, which runs more than a third of services across Cheshire has gone into liquidation after seeing losses rise by more than 1100% in two years.

Earlier in the week school children were left stranded when their usual bus service failed to turn up.

Halton Borough Council said it tried to give the firm a "stronger, more sustainable footing" but had failed, putting 150 jobs at risk.

A Halton Transport bus Credit: ITV Granada

Arriva North West announced on its website that it would take over some of the firm's routes, while Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said all Merseytravel-funded school routes would continue to run.