Nantwich bus service run by D&G

A school bus service is being extended to help residents travel between Nantwich and Leighton Hospital.

The new number 68 service was previously a school service for Malbank High School and Worleston School pupils only.

But it has now been made available to all passengers as a public transport route.

The service, which runs from Leighton Hospital to Nantwich Bus Station via Walley’s Green and Church Minshull, has been introduced as part of the regular tendering process which allowed for a number of improvements at no additional cost to the council.

The council’s transport team is looking to integrate services by opening up one contract to serve both school and public transport needs.

The service also provides a limited day-time timetable on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cheshire East Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member for service commissioning, said: “This is good news, helping boost connectivity and social inclusion while reducing traffic congestion and curbing carbon emissions.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

“Local government is going through an unprecedented period of change.

“Cost pressure and rising expectations mean that councils must constantly look for ways to improve services while delivering value for money – doing more for less.

“Where operators have decided it is not in their commercial interest to continue a bus service, we want to ensure that public transport services are maintained as much as possible.

“This new scheme is another example of the real potential to work differently and innovatively to deliver better services in the local community and offer better value for money to the council and the taxpayer.”

For more details about the 68 service visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/public_transport or click here.

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