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
  • 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

The consultation for the Bus Service Review has now closed and the consultation responses are now being reviewed. Any updates to the proposals are expected to be published in autumn 2017 and would be subject to Council approval. 

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