MP calls on Cheshire East to spend more supporting 130 Bus Service


Our Tatton MP is demanding assurances from council chiefs that her constituents will benefit from a Government cash injection to subsidise buses – after she was told routes could not be reinstated due to lack of cash.

Esther McVey wrote to Cheshire East Council on Thursday, 25th February, asking them to set out how they will be spending their £270,000 allocation for the next financial year.

Ms McVey hopes some of the money will go towards ensuring the 130 route, which no longer goes beyond Handforth can either be reinstated to travel to Parrs Wood or can be extended to connect with another service that goes there.

Ms McVey said: "I have met with lots of users of the 130 route and heard how vital the service is to them. Having lobbied on the issue, I was delighted when D and G took the service on between Macclesfield and Handforth as it is a vital link to the Hospital, schools and work for many residents. I was equally pleased when the Council agreed to subsidise the Saturday service. The missing link has been a service onto Parrs Wood.

"I put together comments and suggestions from all residents who contacted me and one of the recurrent suggestions was the possibility of linking up routes to ensure people can get where they want to."

Last week the council wrote to Ms McVey saying they agreed it was an option to look at connecting the 130 route with another bus, allowing passengers to travel to Parrs Wood but that their bus subsidy budget was already over committed.

Ms McVey said: "Having been told money was the problem I am asking Cheshire East to assure me that some of the £270,000 that has now been allocated by the Department of Transport will be spent delivering this service.

"I have made it clear to the council that this is just one of the services I would like to see supported within Tatton. High Legh, Little Bollington and Agden currently have no bus service at all and there are improvements needed across the whole constituency.

"I look forward to the council's response and will do everything I can to work with them to ensure people across the Tatton constituency have the bus services they need."

130 Bus Service, Cheshire East Council, Esther McVey


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

Howard Piltz
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 4:47 pm
Well intentioned, but something needs to be done to encourage use. A bus-equivalent of Air Miles is perhaps OTT but you get my gist.
No need for the 130 to go down to Parr’s Wood as Cheadle is very well served by buses.
Russell Young
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 5:40 pm
Extending the 130 onwards to anywhrre will cost an extra bus if a x60min service is to be maintained. Handforth is as far as you can get using two buses. If an extra bus comes into the cycle then its got approx 25 mins to get to, and back from wherever its extended to. Parrs Wood is the obvious place, to achieve connections into a whole host of other bus routes and Metrolink.
Jon Newell
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 8:47 pm
I travel past the church in Woodford three or four times a week. There is often a double decker bus parked in the lay by. This bus has passed through Bramhall and its return will take it to either Stockport or Parrs Wood via Cheadle - I have not checked the time tables.
It strikes me that we are letting artificial borough boundaries get in the way of common sense. Rather than have this bus stand idle in the lay by for 40 mins, why not let it run into Wilmslow down Dean Row Road and Manchester Road returning by Addlington Road.
Dramatically widens access to public transport and probably gets a better route to Stockport (and on to Manchester) than an extended 130.
But will need CEC to work together with Stockport.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 10:14 pm
I don't have a problem with bus subsidies or routes that cross over local authority boundaries. But personally speaking, I wonder if the reinstatement of the 130 route to Parrs Wood is the most appropriate use of limited resources.

How about extending the 130 to a major transport Hub such as Manchester Airport Transport interchange. Just a short hop down the A555. That is when it's not flooded!

There are bus, tram and train links to many parts of "Greater Manchester" and the Northwest, and the UK. And also planes to wherever you want to go to, just a short walk along the "Sky Walk" or by Taxi if you don't want to walk!
Russell Young
Thursday 27th February 2020 at 8:18 am
The 42B is scheduled to stand at Woodford for max of 5 or 6 minutes. Not sure where this 40 mins comes from ?. Extending the 130 to the Airport had already been tried by D&G and that failed to get any patronage. The Airport isnt the nirvana people seem to think it is, although it played a big part in the decline of the 130 as road improvements to it caused massive knock on traffic issues. As for boundaries, individual authorities have their own budgets and are just not interested in any sort of collaboration with each other. Providing a service doesnt come into it.
Julie Allanson
Saturday 29th February 2020 at 6:51 am
Please can we get a park and ride like the one in Hazel Grove for a regular 130 to Manchester? I'm sure it would be well used and be much, much more environmentally friendly than everybody driving and causing utter congestion on the A34.
Michael Keeley
Saturday 29th February 2020 at 9:24 pm
Some reasonable ideas given here but I doubt any of them would work. The 377 route beyond Woodford Church via Dean Row to Wilmslow was withdrawn 30-odd years ago as uneconomic even then. If a 42B is sitting at Woodford for 40 minutes it's most likely the driver's mealbreak, I doubt Stagecoach scheduling is that inefficient. In any case Stagecoach are unlikely to want to expand in this area as only a couple of years ago they completely withdrew the 378 beyond the GM/CEC boundary also as uneconomic. The big new estates off Adlington Rd and on the former British Aerospace site are unlikely to generate many bus users. And it's also doubtful a park-& ride site would be well used. The Hazel Grove one - which incidentally is run by Stagecoach and not TfGM - certainly isn't, and that's with a bus every 10 minutes into Manchester. If the 130 resumed operation to Manchester it wouldn't be anything like that frequent - half-hourly at best which wouldn't justify Park-&-Ride.
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 3:20 pm
Well done Esther. That bus must run to Parrs Wood to complete the link. Otherwise I must drive myself to Parrs Wood tp catch the tram. ```then I leave the car unattended, and risk finding no car on my return. Come on Council~~You know it makes sense.
Hilary Peel
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 4:11 pm
Just got back from a trip on the 130 to Macclesfield hospital. It all ran to time but I did leave my house, in Handforth, at 1.00 pm and got back at 4.35 for a five minute appointment!
If the 130 could extend to the limits of Handforth ie the Waggon and Horses that would help, or even to Cheadle Royal where it could turn round at the roundabout. I understand this might not be possible in rush hour as it may need more than the 2 buses.
Why can’t the Stockport to Manchester Airport bus, (is it the 313?) which actually goes along the A555 from the A34, come up the slip road onto Wilmslow Road, the old A34 and provide an airport bus route for Handforth people? This would also almost connect with the 130.
Andrew Backhouse
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 4:24 pm
I am pleased that Esther is looking out for the 130 bus. But is hourly frequent enough to encourage you out of your car, even if it is better for the planet? What encourages all those retired people who want to save the planet for their grandchildren to use a bus with their free bus ticket instead of their car? Just look at the Guild car park!

I am very aware that we have a large number of new houses being built away from the bus routes - and yet the government has said we need to be diverting people away from cars. Therefore, subsidising routes where there will be demand once people see a regular bus would help.. Who has been surveying where people are travelling to, and where bus use could therefore be improved?
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 5:23 pm
I agree with Stuart that the extention of the 130 to the Airport or even Wythenshawe would give users the option of picking up other services from well served bus stations. Russell is I think wrong the 130 never went to the airport, it was the 200 service which went through Styal and completely avoided Handforth. We have the ridiculous situation that Handforth has no direct public transport link to the Airport which is the biggest employer in the region. A link to the airport not only would give bus passenger access to other services but also trains that that travel north without having to make a change at Manchester Piccadilly.
Mark Goldsmith
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 9:31 pm
Just to clarify that this £270,000 is for the whole of Cheshire East and not just for the 130 route.

Cheshire East has already spent £30,000 a year keeping the 130 route running on Saturday’s, so £270,000 does not go very far in this area.

We all want to see new buses on frequently scheduled routes but who funds this? It doesn’t stack up commercially and local government cannot afford it either, due to their ever reducing budgets and spiralling social care costs.

Therefore, central government needs to view buses as a social necessity and provide the funds needed to transform our services.

They are taking this approach with HS2 but I fear it’s £100,000,000,000 cost won’t leave anything to improve our other forms of public transport too.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Cheshire East & Wilmslow Town Council
Pete Taylor
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 11:24 am
From the CEC website:
"FlexiLink is a demand responsive transport service providing an alternative means of travel for Cheshire East residents with a disability, are aged 80 or over, or who live beyond the reach of any other public transport.
The fare is £3 per journey if you do not have a bus pass.
All journeys must be pre-booked so that routes can be planned efficiently."

If, as has been commented, there is no bus service in Handforth, surely that means that any Handforth resident can use this service?
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 12:35 pm
Cllr Mark Goldsmith is confusing one-off costs for major infrastructure projects essential to the country's economic well being with ongoing subsidy for running public transport services.

The money to build HS2 (the actual price for which no-one can know at this stage, but is unlikely to be anything like as high as £100B by the way - don't believe all you read in the Daily Telegraph) is a one-off borrowing against the future economic growth it generates, not a pot sitting there to be spent on 'this or that'.

We need a properly funded local bus service AS WELL AS the quiet, clean two-track electric railway that is HS2 (without which we'll have to build hundreds of miles of new 8-lane land-gobbling noisy polluting motorways since our railways are almost full and the demand for moving people and goods is ever-increasing).

It may well be that to afford realistic levels of on-going local transport subsidy we will have to pay more tax, as those countries that enjoy good public transport do. You get nowt for nowt.
Russell Young
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 12:58 pm
Chris Wigley, no. The original competitive D&G 130 (Macc - Handford Dean) was diverted to the Airport when CEC withdrew thier contracted for 200 (Wilmslow - Airport) and that was taken off. The 200 was another victim of the road improvement works for the Airport and the chronic traffic congestion it caused. The fact remains the 130 to the Airport was proven to be uneconomic, that's why it came off. Parrs Wood remains the most sensible destination to provide onward connections.
Russell Young
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 1:03 pm
Michael Keeley. The 42B does not sit a Woodford for 40 mins. Each journey scheduled for less than 10. All driver reliefs are at Hyde Road depot in Manchester.
Michael Keeley
Monday 9th March 2020 at 2:41 pm
Russell. Bit of a misunderstanding, I didn't think any 42Bs did actually stand at Woodford for 40 minutes, I was just repeating a comment by a previous poster. Although some of the peak hour journeys do seem to get extra time there, for instance the one that arrives 0704 does not apparently leave till 0733. But you are right about the 130 running to the Airport, there is plenty of photographic evidence on Flickr of buses leaving Macc with 130 Manchester Airport on the front and at the Airport itself. I must admit I'd completely forgotten about that innovation, must have been a very short-term thing. I see from their website D&G are already changing the 130 timetable from 4th April "to improve reliability."