shelter smashed at Nantwich bus station, pic under licence by Rept0n1x

Villagers in Bunbury, Wrenbury and Audlem are to benefit from nearly £1.3m Rural Mobility Fund to improve links to the south west of Nantwich.

Cheshire East Council says the Government funding will boost public transport service where it is currently very limited.

In total, £1.26 million will be used to operate new demand-responsive services, initially for three years.

Two 16-seat accessible vehicles will be operating from 7am-9pm, which would allow for journeys to work and education, along with healthcare, shopping and leisure.

The service will be available to all residents on a fare-paying basis.

The new service will use an app-based booking system, similar to one used in urban areas by major bus companies and transport authorities.

CEC says it will be flexible enough to integrate with existing public transport networks, providing an efficient, sustainable transport alternative at the touch of a button.

Cheshire East Council deputy leader Councillor Craig Browne said: “Although we must be cautious when encouraging people to get out and use public transport during a global pandemic, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop our plans for this innovative, new service and launch it later in the year.

“To successfully bid for any public funding at this extremely challenging time is something to celebrate and the availability of this new service in one of the more remote parts of our borough will be very welcome news to all those residents, who live, work and travel in those areas.”

The council will work with the Department for Transport over the coming weeks to finalise the business case for these new routes.

Subject to funding being confirmed, the new service is expected to be up and running by Tuesday June 1.

2 Comments

  1. Lindq says:

    Just wish some body from Stoke reads this proposal, some one
    being the person who stopped me being able to use my Bus pass
    Seems our village is a no go for buses.

  2. Graham says:

    Highly likely quite a number of elderly people will be grateful for such a service . How on earth though are those & likely many going to have knowledge/able to use an app or even know what one is ?

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