Cheshire East are to launch a 10-week consultation on May 18th on the possibility of withdrawing bus service subsidies. This could lead to some Sunday and evening bus services being withdrawn or some routes being axed entirely.
Services that could be axed include the circular 319 Sandbach to Holmes Chapel through Goostrey; presumably targeted due to a low number of users resulting in a high level of cost per passenger.
Others to be considered are the 32 Sandbach to Crewe; the 77 Congleton – Mow Cop – Kidsgrove; the 99 Congleton to Macclesfield; the 315 Congleton to Rode Heath. Support could also be withdrawn from the Sandbach town services and the Crewe Flexirider.
During the consultation – which starts on Thursday May 18 – the public will be able to give their views online at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/busreview and on paper-based surveys at libraries and customer service centres.
Cheshire East encourages all members of the public who use buses for work or leisure, as well as those who don’t use buses, to engage with the consultation.
Councillor David Brown, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “Changing the way services operate is always a very complex issue. Naturally the council wants to weigh up the needs of all our service users for such an important consultation, so we are determined to take every possible opportunity to get the message that we want to hear your opinions out there. We will still be investing more than £2m in subsidised bus services.”
Cheshire East May 9th 2017