Those Cheshire East Council cuts are coming

Apparently, Cheshire East Council is exceeding its budget for the year by something of the order of £7.7m and that may explain why they have been looking for cuts in services. That appears to include subsidised bus services and the sort of savings were being sought were £750,000. Thus, it comes as little surprise that they have agreed with the proposals to withdraw financial support from quite a few bus services in order to achieve this. Notices have appeared to inform bus users of what is happening, possibly at the same time as they were updating the timetables for the Macclesfield to Knutsford service in out area.

The only change from the submitted proposals is that they take effect from the start of next year instead of the week before Christmas. Now, all that remains is to see which unsupported services and journeys are continued on a commercial basis and which don’t. It may be that some will survive like Sunday bus services between Macclesfield and Bollington, which lost its funding over a year ago. That is the only hope for the likes of the weekday (Monday to Saturday) evening 130 Macclesfield to Parr’s Wood service, which now has a very uncertain future.

The council have a page for informing us what is happening and the updates should prove interesting and the hope is that we will see reductions instead of wholesale service withdrawals and hope is all that we have been left now. For everyone’s information, here are the affected services:

Service No.Route DescriptionJourneys Supported by the Council
5, 6Macclesfield – Weston EstateMondays to Fridays (evenings) circular service every half hour from 1805 to 2335.
6Shavington – Leighton HospitalAll Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys.
8Crewe – Wistaston GreenMondays to Saturdays (evenings) 6 evening return journeys from 1823 to 2323 and the 0650 morning journey.
9Crewe – Rope GreenMondays to Saturdays 6 journeys between 1235 and 1735.
Arriva 9 , 10AMacclesfield – Moss Rose/Bollington9 Mondays to Saturdays (evenings) between 1855 and 2255.
10A hourly evening service between 1815 and 2315.
15Crewe – Sydney – Elm DriveMondays to Saturdays hourly morning peak and evenings between 1800 and 2300.
16Crewe – Elm DriveMondays to Saturdays  – 2 morning journeys (0835, 0905) and 7 afternoon journeys (from 1405 to 1715). All day Saturday between 0835 and 1735.
20Crewe Bus Station – Leighton HospitalAll Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys between Crewe Bus Station and Leighton Hospital only.
38Crewe – MacclesfieldSunday evenings 5 return journeys from 1735 Crewe and 1850 Macclesfield.
44Crewe – Shavington – NantwichAll diversions into Hough village. Plus 4 journeys from Crewe (0745, 0845, 1545, 1645) and 4 journeys from Nantwich (0740, 1540, 1640, 1740).
45Crewe – Marshfield – NantwichMonday to Saturday departures from Crewe bus station (0712, 1512, 1612, 1712) and Nantwich Bus Station (0815, 0915, 1515, 1615, 1715).
45Crewe – MarshfieldMondays to Saturdays 5 evening return journeys between Crewe and Marshfield starting 1840 last bus 2259.
56Tiverton – NantwichTuesdays & Saturdays all journeys.
61Audlem – NantwichSchooldays
63Swanwick – Brine Leas/St.Annes/St.Thomas MoreSchooldays
71Tytherington – Poynton HighSchooldays
71Aston/Wrenbury – Malbank/Brine LeesSchooldays
77Betley – Brine LeasSchooldays
78Crewe – Malbank SchoolSchooldays
79Rode Heath – AlsagerSchooldays
83Bulkeley – ChesterTuesdays all journeys
84Crewe – Nantwich – ChesterMondays to Saturdays (evenings) – 4 evening return journeys from 1845 and 2145 – final journey between Crewe and Nantwich only 2235.
85Newcastle – Madeley – Crewe1 early morning journey 0550 from Crewe to Newcastle arriving 0643.Service is also supported by Staffordshire County Council.
85Newcastle – Madeley – Crewe4 evening return journeys Monday to Saturday.Service is also supported by Staffordshire County Council.
95Goostrey – Holmes ChapelSchooldays
108Leek – Macclesfield1 morning journey – Leek to Macclesfield (extended to Fallibroome High on schooldays only.1 return journey (Fallibroome to Sutton / Langley on schooldays only.One return journey Friday and Saturday evening only.Service also supported by Derbyshire County Council
127Chesterton – CreweFriday only service (completely withdrawn)
130Macclesfield – ManchesterSaturday 2 morning journeys from Macclesfield (0645 & 0745) and 1 from Handforth (0744).Mondays to Saturday evening service (2 return journeys).
378Stockport – Handforth – Wilmslow4 return evening journeys Monday to Friday and 3 return journeys on Saturday.
378Stockport – Handforth – WilmslowAll Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys.
390Bramhall – Poynton – StockportMondays to Saturdays all journeys.
391Poynton – StockportMondays to Saturdays all journeys to be reviewed in conjunction with the 392 / 393.
392, 393Macclesfield – Poynton – StockportMondays to Saturdays all journeys. To be reviewed in conjunction with the 391.
737Weston – Shavington/CreweSchooldays
891Middlewood – Poynton High SchoolSchooldays
K44Weston – Shavington/Malbank SchoolsSchooldays
K80Congleton – Eaton Bank SchoolSchooldays
K95Congleton – Eaton Bank SchoolSchooldays
K96Congleton – Eaton Bank SchoolSchooldays

While it’s not good to see that number of journeys under threat, I believe that folk need to be aware of it too. To mind, this is far more that “some” of the services that the council supports as is their wording for what is coming. One only can hope that this is the last of the bus service cuts but it is impossible to rule out another round of them either.

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