Supported Bus Service Review

Supported bus service review consultation 

The Council is proposing changes to supported bus services and flexible transport (Little Bus) across Cheshire East.

The local bus network in Cheshire East is a mixture of:

  • supported services which are subsidised by the Council and operated on our behalf; and 
  • commercial bus services which are run by private operators who have full control over how, where and when bus services are run.  

This consultation considers only bus services supported by Cheshire East Council. The purpose of this consultation is to understand how proposed changes to the local buses currently supported (subsidised) by Cheshire East Council will affect you

Brochure of changes to supported bus routes (PDF, 3MB)

The consultation starts on Thursday 18th May 2017 and closes on Wednesday 26th July 2017. 

Your feedback on the proposals

Complete the questionnaire

Paper versions of the brochure and questionnaire can be found at:

  • Crewe Customer Service Centre, Delamere House, Delamere Street, Crewe, CW1 2JZ
  • Macclesfield Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, SK10 1EA
  • Your local library in Cheshire East

The consultation results will be made available via our consultation results pages later this year. 

Completed surveys can be returned to:  

Freepost Plus RSJJ – YTHC – CHZK
Research and Consultation
Cheshire East Council
Middlewich Road
CW11 1HZ

You can also email any queries to or let us know using Twitter #CECBRS2017

We are holding a series of staffed events across the borough where you can find out more information:

location and time of events
TownDateTimeAddress of event
Poynton 13 June 2-7pm Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, SK12 1RB
Middlewich 15 June 2-7pm Middlewich Civic Hall, Civic Way, CW11 1AX
Nantwich 19 June 2-7pm Nantwich Civic Hall, Market St, CW5 5DG
Congleton 20 June 2-7pm Congleton Town Hall, 7 High Street, CW12 1BN
Sandbach 21 June 2-7pm Town Hall, High Street, CW11 1AX
Macclesfield 22 June 2-7pm Macclesfield Town Hall, SK10 1EA
Alsager 26 June 2-7pm Wesley Place Methodist Church, Lawton Road, ST7 2RU
Knutsford 28 June 2-7pm Curzon Cinema, Toft Road, WA16 0PE
Handforth 29 June 2-7pm Honford Hall, South Acre Drive, SK9 3HN
Wilmslow 3 July 2-7pm Wilmslow Library, South Drive, Wilmslow, SK9 1NW
Crewe 4 July 2-7pm Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ

The closing date for responses is Thursday 26th July 2017.

Evidence base for the bus review

The method for undertaking the review was approved by the Council’s Cabinet in February 2017. In order to develop the network a robust evidence base has been collected. A summary of the evidence used by the Council is available for viewing below by click on the appropriate link. The evidence used by the Council includes: 

  • Passenger numbers of existing services. The council undertook a series of counts to see where and when passengers get on and off the services on a weekday, Saturday and Sunday.
  •  summary of the results of these counts (PDF, 187KB) 
  • Questionnaires asking passengers about their journeys. The council undertook questionnaires  with passengers to find out details about their journeys such as where and why they were travelling.
  • summary of the responses from the questionnaires (PDF, 255KB)
  • Mapping how many residents have access by public transport to the major towns in Cheshire East. The council mapped the areas within one hour’s public transport travel time of a key service centre or principal town (key service centres or principal towns are Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Handforth, Wilmslow, Sandbach). Plans showing these areas with the proposed network in place are shown on the following link: 
  • plans showing  areas within one hours public transport travel time of a key service centre or principal town (PDF, 4MB
  • Mapping how well the bus network meets the Council’s policy priorities. The methodology paper approved by the Council’s Cabinet in February 2017 identified 13 policy-related measures to inform the need for local bus services (e.g. households with no access to a car). The 13 measures, and plans showing how the proposed bus network and current commercial network meets these measures are shown on the following link:
  • plan details of how the proposed network meets the identified policy measures (PDF, 6MB)
If you would like this information in another format, please contact us on: 
Telephone: 0300 123 55 00

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