Two separate 130 bus services launching


Two separate 130 bus services will be in operation by the end of the month.

Arriva have confirmed that the 130 bus service will be reduced from a half hourly to an hourly service between Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Handforth and Manchester.

The hourly service will come into effect on Monday 27th January 2018 and will run from Monday to Sunday until the end of March 2018 - when the Sunday service will be withdrawn.

A spokesperson from Arriva confirmed that they "have registered to operate the 130 service on an hourly service Monday to Saturday from the 27th January to ensure there is still a service for our customers on this route."

The route of the Arriva service will be from Macclesfield stopping at Alderley Park, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Handforth, Cheadle & Marple College, Parrs Wood and Birchfields Mosley Road before terminating at Piccadilly Gardens.

Additionally, D&G's hourly 130 service will commence on Monday 29th January travelling from Macclesfield to Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and on to Handforth Dean from Monday to Saturday.

Chris Almond, Bus Network Manager, at D&G Bus Ltd, said "There will be two separate services so there will still be an overall half-hourly service between Macclesfield and Wilmslow."

Click here to view the new D&G timetable and here to view the Arriva timetable.

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Hoyle
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 3:49 pm
Does anyone know what time of the day the buses will be running .what is the time of the first and the last bus
Lisa Reeves
Friday 12th January 2018 at 7:47 am
Hi David, I have added links to the two timetables in the article above.
David Hoyle
Friday 12th January 2018 at 9:44 am
Looking at the D and G timetable it looks like it doesn't go into shows it going from Colshaw Farm to Handforth Dean via the bypass road.
Verna Riding
Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 5:44 pm
This will be a great loss to Handforth for those who use this service to access both Cheadle and Manchester
Verna Riding
Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 5:59 pm
Pity the Cd and G bus could not include Handforth to Handforth Dean in its timetable
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
We all wring our hands, and wail, plus pontificate against these fat cats in Council. There is only one thing these people understand and that is to march on the town hall. How much are these messy Council people paid these days for ignoring the people’s wishes? It’s like a smal scale version of Brexit. You know how to vote for YOUR councillor at the next election. Shame on you NE Cheshire Council. Just one more of your many gaffs. You could not run an ecclesiastical meeting in a brewery!
Barry Buxton
Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 9:11 pm
Don't use it; you lose it.
Kathleen Morris
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 9:31 am
I have used the 130 bus service over many years and have seen the use of it decline. If all those who moan about the lack of bus services actually used the buses they moan about, there would be many more buses and they would be running frequently and profitably.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 11:13 am
In November I walked the Bollin Valley way to Macclesfield and got the bus back to Wilmslow. I think it was around 3pm. The passengers picked up at Macclesfield bus station consisted of me (the only paying passenger) and about half a dozen pensioners with free bus passes. I know this is a sample of one, but based on that and how much a bus must cost to buy and run, driver's wages, operator overheads, etc, it seemed entirely understandable they'd want to make cuts on the route.
John Clegg
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 1:46 pm
When it comes to 'bus services, the current fashion is to run them down so that no-one uses them and they die off. Then local authorities don't have to fund anything.

Here's a funny idea: why not make them attractive to use, whereby the vehicles are better equipped and kitted-out, with comfortable seating, etc, and run them regularly so that people know that they can expect a regular and efficient service.
This idea is, of course, rubbish as it wouldn't explode into success tomorrow, or early next week, or even next month but would take time.

When visitors to this country ask about transport generally, I tell them that 'buses are very much viewed by those in supposed authority as a lesser option - for the poor, un-employed. OAPs, school students - rathher than as a reliable service. I don't think that I'm wrong in how local authorities perceive them. If government - local or national - wanted to do something serious about road congestion, then they would do something about a proper integrated transport service, rather than keeping up the ridiculous pretence of for-profit trans and 'bus companies.

I know it's a capital city but transport in Prague appears to work well, and is dependable. There are trains, trams, and 'buses running frequently, and with universal travel tickets, where by tickets can be used on all 3 services.
Jonathan Follows
Thursday 1st February 2018 at 8:49 am
D&G has (on 30 January) cancelled its registration for this bus service and replaced it with one for a "130" service between Macclesfield and Manchester Airport via Wilmslow

A little surprising in view of the mailshot I received promoting the Handforth Dean service a week or so ago. I can't tell whether or not the replacement service will continue to serve Handforth Dean or not.
Jonathan Follows
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 3:19 pm
From 1 April 2018 the D&G 130 service will run from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport via Styal and will not serve either Colshaw Farm or Handforth Dean. links to timetables to all D&G bus services in Cheshire showing timetables effective from 1 April as well as the current ones.

For example, the Web page also details "Service 88 will change from 1 April 2018: As a result of the Cheshire East Council Supported Bus Service Review, this service will be changed significantly. An hourly Monday to Friday will remain between Altrincham and Knutsford, with additional journeys on service 88A operated commercially by D&G Bus between Wilmslow and Knutsford. Some journeys on service 88 will extend beyond Knutsford to Macclesfield or Northwich (Northwich journeys will be numbered '89'), replacing journeys on services 27 and 289 currently operated by Howards."
Tanya Rostron
Monday 19th February 2018 at 3:25 pm
Cheshire east systematically pulling services in ready to throw Handforth to Stockport /Manchester city council. Handforth SK9 to be SK8 placing all medical and scocal care under stockport. All transport and local services, planning and hospitals out of reach for Handforth resadents and lowering house prices.
In 1975 Pointon, Congleton , Handforth protested to stay in Macclesfield council. If you are findng you medical refurals going to Stockport this is why. This is why you have lost your bus because Cheshire want Manchester to service the area.
I have no idea how many bordering towns Cheshire east intend to drop it has been ongoing with draw since 2015.
Who do we complain to ? How do we stop this underhanded hand over of Towns? do we 8000 resadents of Handforth have a say in this. According to Cheshire East its none of our buisness !