Also-in my experience, the 31 route (New Brighton_Liverpool) was a popular bus service.Always packed full of passengers....Do not know why Merseytravel have not replaced this Service?
The 31A was also pretty much a door-to-door service for me to get to work. When it was running as the 1A it was dismally unreliable - services were frequently missed out, and it never ran on time. But at the end of July when it was renumbered to the 31A and re-timetabled it became more reliable.
HOWEVER. Filthy buses, sullen drivers, poor standard of driving (harsh acceleration and braking, no consideration for the elderly trying to get to their seat without falling over) etc. made this very much an inferior service to Arriva's 432/433 or 411/437.
Merseytravel haven't replaced the service because Impera were not under contract to run it for Merseytravel. It was a commercial service running in competition with Arriva.
Merseytravel announcement here CLICKY