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Macclesfield to Knutsford bus service to change again at the end of October 2012

Posted on September 11, 2012

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The first change is the service number which will become 27B. From the start of the month, service numbers will be 27 and 27A. Quite why they are changing like this is beyond me since just calling it the 27 would do just fine and that’s what I’d keep calling it. Maybe the amended numbering might be caused by goings on in the Northwestern Traffic Commissioner’s office.

More importantly, the 08:30 Monday to Friday journey (or 08:25 as it says on the Cheshire East Council website) from Macclesfield now serves Alderley Park, a good idea given recent loadings but one is left wondering if a break in service will do it harm. Midday Monday to Friday services will call no longer at Alderley Park so any lunchtime journeys to shops will involve a walk out of the site to the road. The same situation would apply to anyone wanting to get to Knutsford from after 16:30, a nuisance given the onset of longer hours of darkness.

On one hand, there seems to be an air of greater sense regarding the timetable though anyone working at Alderley Park clearly loses out more than they did with the October 6th changeover to commercial working. The later alterations come into force on October 29th and they don’t have any impact on the Saturday timetable. Could there be more to follow after user feedback? That would be interesting to see. Hopefully, we won’t see that 18:40 journey from Knutsford disappear; it deserves to succeed.