Free wifi gets commuters back on the buses


According to Transport Service Solutions, Cheshire East Council's wholly-owned company that manages public transport, free wifi and charging sockets are turning Cheshire East's mobile and tablet generation into bus travellers.

TSS is working with bus companies, schools and local organisations to provide more opportunities for bus travel.

TSS helped launch bus company GHA's upgraded Gold 88 service last year which travels from Knutsford to Altrincham stopping at Mobberley, Wilmslow Rail Station, Bank Square, Waters on Altrincham Road, Morley Green and Hale Barns.

The new Gold 88 service now offers leather seats, tables and free WiFi in four new coaches with a half hourly service*.

TSS also recently launched their upgraded Gold 42 service and their new Congleton 'Beartown' buses. Whilst Arriva has introduced its new 'Sapphire' service on the 38 route between Crewe and Macclesfield.

Councillor Gail Wait, chair of TSS, said: "It is great to see standards improving to help more people feel comfortable using buses as a greener alternative to cars.

"We hope the investment being made to vehicles and the introduction of new services such as free on-board wifi and power sockets for charging laptops, tablets and mobile phones will see more people catching the bus."

TSS manages the provision of home-to-school transport for more than 4,500 children, supports 20 school crossing patrols, issues more than 64,000 concessionary passes per year, maintains 1,483 bus stops and shelters across Cheshire East, updates 1,170 bus timetable displays and manages 602 transport contracts yearly to help people get to work and education.

In the UK, more people travel to work by bus than all other forms of public transport combined. There are 2.5 million bus commuters, and another one million people use buses as a back up.

*Buses alternate via Morley Green and Altrincham Road, where there is an hourly service.

88 Bus Service


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Howard Piltz
Monday 6th July 2015 at 10:24 am
Now there's a first - a clean 88! The article doesn't state if loading On this route has actually increased following all the improvements. If we can't have figures, and I understand why, then can we have a guide, please.
Monday 6th July 2015 at 2:37 pm
No doubt in the long term this bus will also stop at Manchester Airport with a view to downgrading Wilmslow train station to be local trains only.