Funding to help save local bus service

130 Bus service

Cheshire East Council has secured funding to help save the 130 bus service which was due to be withdrawn by operator D&G Bus from 3 October.

Following a procurement process, the service is set to continue with improved bus frequency. The successful operator will be announced next week.

The 130 currently runs every 90 minutes during the week and has no Saturday service. The new service will operate approximately hourly Monday to Friday and hourly on Saturdays between Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Handforth.

The service will operate with support via bus funding from central government, however the funding is limited until 31 March 2021.

The council says it is seeking funding to ensure the long-term sustainability of the 130 service beyond March.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, who has responsibility for strategic transport, said: "This is really excellent news for our residents and in particular those who rely on this service to meet their transport needs – to go shopping, access health care, visit friends or simply get out and about for their health and wellbeing.

"I would like to thank our transport team, Transport Service Solutions, for their hard work to find a solution quickly at a time of significant workload and intense pressure on our budgets due to Covid-19.

"We can only secure a long-term solution, however, if the government fulfils its promise to adequately fund local councils for the additional costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have received repeated assurances from government that councils will be fully compensated for costs incurred in the fight against Covid-19 – but we are yet to see the promise meet the forecasts. This council faces a shortfall of £28m without additional government funding.

"Cheshire East Council is far from unique – councils across the country are facing the same significant challenges. That is why we continue to work alongside other councils and organisations like the County Councils' Network and Local Government Association, to lobby government to fully deliver on its promise."

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Kathleen Roberts
Thursday 24th September 2020 at 12:55 pm
Good news.
Gillian Slater
Thursday 24th September 2020 at 10:00 pm
Congratulations to Transport Service Solutions on the saving of this service.
It would be even greater if they would clean the bus shelters a simple but really important task for the health and safety of its users. Thanks in advance
Jonathan Follows
Monday 28th September 2020 at 9:19 am
The new service, operating from Monday October 5th. by D&G still, has its timetable available now at https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/pdf/public-transport/130-bus-timetable-5-october-2020.pdf. For example, the weekday departures from Wilmslow to Macclesfield are at 07:57, 09:34 and then hourly to 15:35, then 16:52 and last departure at 18:02. There is a Saturday service every two hours from 09:04 to 17:04.
Florence Collier
Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 9:02 am
Great to see the council taking positive action on public transport. Look forward to having more services funded as soon as it's safe to do so.

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