Wilmslow and Handforth residents are getting a new bus service later this month to partially replace the current 378 service.
As reported on wilmslow.co.uk last month, the Stagecoach 378 service will no longer operate in Cheshire East from April 23rd but will terminate at Grove Lane on the Stockport border, instead of travelling on to stop at Ollerton Road and The Green in Handforth before proceeding to Benson Walk, Holly Bank Road, Lacey Green and Bank Square. Thus leaving Spath Lane and Lacey Green residents without a bus service.
However, D&G Bus, which operates services in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, has decided to launch a new commercial service which will travel from Wilmslow Station to Bank Square, Lacey Green and up Manchester Road to Handforth and Spath Lane.
Unlike the current Stagecoach service, the new D&G 378 will not cover the Colshaw Farm Estate, which is served by an Arriva service, or go to Stoockport instead it will continue onto Handforth Dean.
The new 378 service will launch on Sunday, 23rd April, and run roughly every hour Monday to Friday. The earliest bus will leave Spath Lane at 8.14am, with the last bus returning to Spath Lane 7.57pm.
Chris Almond, Bus Network Manager at D&G Bus, told wilmslow.co.uk "We see this as an interesting opportunity to expand our service as we've never really run services in this area before. We have a service from Wilmslow to Knutsford and Altrincham so this new service compliments the existing one."
Janet Taylor set up a petition to 'Keep the vital 378 bus route to Wilmslow' said "We would sincerely like to thank Handforth Parish Council and Wilmslow Town Council for their support in this matter and the D&G Bus Company for stepping in and ensuring the community still have this valuable service.
"Special thanks go to our wonderful community who helped us collect over 3500 signatures on the petition."
Photo: The Stagecoach 378 which will terminate on the Stockport border from April 23rd. Credit Martin Vincent Photography.