Arriva bus service ( pic by snowmanradio, creative commons)

A campaign has been launched to save a late night weekend bus service between Willaston and Nantwich.

Arriva is planning to axe the C84 evening service after March 22, despite campaigners claiming around 25 people regularly use it.

It will mean the last service from Crewe to Nantwich via Willaston will be at 7.35pm, and the last bus from Nantwich will be 9.52pm.

Now Willaston and Rope Cllr Brian Silvester has joined residents in a fight to save the late night service

He said: “The late night weekend C84 bus is well used by residents who go into town for a weekend drink and entertainment.

“I am told that around 25 people use the bus at the weekend.

“I cannot understand why Arriva would want to take it off because with that level of usage it must be a viable service.

“I have contacted Arriva and the council about it and I would advise residents to support the campaign by contacting Arriva and the council to show the level of support for this service.

“If it is lost it will probably be lost forever and that would be a great shame.

“We should encourage the use of the buses and especially at the weekend because it results in less drinking and driving and that must be better for all concerned.”

One resident who uses the service said: “This timetable alteration will deny the people the right to travel, and is compounded by the complete lack of Arriva openness on the subject.

“I have been bounced around by their website and personnel who appear clueless to the forthcoming events.

“Had it not been for the drivers we would indeed have NO knowledge of this change.

“I have gathered a over a couple of evenings a petition , requested from people on the very bus they intend to cancel.”

Nantwichnews has contacted Arriva Buses and are awaiting a statement.


  1. Richard Faulkner says:

    We are talking of JUST ONE return service between Crewe and Chester. In effect this means no one can travel by public transport between Crewe-Nantwich-Tarporley-Tarvin-Chester after the 19.35 bus! Surely Crewe West and Crewe East councils can get their heads together and find a way of subsidising, I repeat, just one return evening service. Or is that too much to ask!!!

  2. Brian Doyle says:

    Having looked at Arriva’s website. The proposed changes are even worse than I thought.
    At present the last bus from Crewe to Chester departs at 21.35 Mon-Sat.
    From 23rd March the last bus from Crewe to Chester will be 19.35!
    At present the last bus from Chester to Crewe departs at 22.44 Mon-Sat.
    From 23rd March the last bus will be 21.00!
    ie. the last TWO buses will no longer run.

  3. Samantha hall says:

    I’m one if the drivers who do the late night 84 bus through Willaston, me and the other drivers are all very upset about the loss of this service too. All we have been told us that apart from Friday and Saturday services, the week buses run at a loss, and as the council refuse to help to fund the service at night, Arriva will not run the service at a loss. Myself and other drivers know of several people who work in tarporley and tarvin who will be losing their jobs as they will not be able to get a bus home at night after their shifts. If the council would agree to even partly subsidise these evening services they would continue, but apparently are not interested in doing so

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