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More disintegration ahead?

Posted on August 22, 2009

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Until now, service 38 linking Macclesfield, Congleton, Sandbach and Crewe has been an entirely Arriva enterprise and remained steadfastly so in the face of other changes that were taking place. However, that is set to change with D&G Bus taking over the Sunday and Bank Holiday services from the second Sunday in September. Thankfully, the timetable is staying the same though it is noted perhaps worryingly that the service is classed as commercial and run without council support; I have been under the impression that it was otherwise on these days though information on the Cheshire East Council website may be incorrect on this point. In a related development, I have noticed that Vale Travel (otherwise known as Vale of Llangollen, a GHA subsidiary) has a registration for the 38 too. What this means is as yet unknown to me but I do know that Arriva are changing their timetable for the service at the end of the month. It is tempting to think that they may be operating the evening service but that’s mere supposition right now. Whatever happens, I hope that this pivotal bus service does not suffer what has happened to the 130 Macclesfield-Manchester operation on weekday evenings with route shortening and frequency reduction making an invaluable service less attractive than it really should be. We are starting to live in more challenging time so let’s hope that we do not lose what is valuable along the way.