elderly Shavington residents forgotten after GHA coaches bus service Nantwich to Crewe stops

A bus service which operates between Nantwich and Crewe will now run six days a week throughout the year, after Cheshire East Council provided more funding.

The 44 service, which links the two towns, had been reduced to a “term time” only Monday to Friday timetable by operator GHA Coaches.

It meant local residents would have been without the commercially-operated service on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Now Transport Services Solutions, which manages Cheshire East Council’s public transport contract, has provided funds to ensure the hourly service can operate all year round – except on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

GHA Coaches will continue to operate the 44, which runs via Shavington, after successfully bidding to win the new bus service contract.

Cllr David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “We are delighted to be able to introduce a more comprehensive service on the 44, ensuring it continues to run during term time, school holidays and now also on Saturdays.

“This regular service provides an important link for local people between two of Cheshire’s key towns, serving rural communities along the way.

“We really hope that local residents will choose to travel by bus and leave their cars at home more often, to support the service and reduce traffic congestion. Cheshire East Council and Transport Services Solutions are continually working to ensure good public transport links are maintained throughout our area.

“We recognise that excellent transport connectivity is essential to people’s quality of life and to the success of the local economy – and we will continue to try to ensure services, like the 44, are there for local communities.”

(pic courtesy of GHA Coaches)

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