Supported Bus Service Review

On 7 November 2017 changes to the supported (subsidised) bus services in Cheshire East were approved by the Council’s Cabinet. The Council has now procured (sought costs from bus operators) for providing the revised supported bus services.

From 1 April 2018 the Council will be supporting the following services:

Supported Bus Review Results

You can also use the updated bus maps to help plan your journey on the new bus network. 

New Bus Routes
 Service NumberChanges to current routes  New service timetable from 1st April 2018 

19 High Peak

Macclesfield – Prestbury

Route A during consultation 

Route of the current 19 service with a revised timetable. 19 Macclesfield - Prestbury Monday to Saturday (PDF, 155KB)

39 Mikro Coaches

Nantwich - Wybunbury - Crewe

Route B during consultation

Route and timetable of the current 39 service revised. Service extended to start / end at Sainsbury's in Nantwich. The extended journeys will operate via Manor Road and part replaces service 52 journeys. Route between Nantwich Bus Station and Crewe Bus Station unaffected. 39 Crewe - Wynbunbury - Nantwich (PDF, 765KB)

42 D&G Bus

Crewe - Middlewich - Congleton

Route C during consultation

Route and timetable of the current 42 service revised. The service will operate via Eagle Bridge medical centre instead of via Victoria Avenue and will continue operating along Frank Webb Avenue.

42 Crewe - Middlewich - Congleton (PDF, 722 KB)

58, 60 High Peak

58 Macclesfield - Forest Cottage - Burbage - Buxton

60 Macclesfield - Hayfield

Route D during consultation

The route and timetable of the current 60 service will be unchanged.

The route and timetable of the current 58 services will be be revised to operate via Black Road to replace the withdrawn High Peak service 1 journeys from 26 March 2018.

58, 60 High Peak Timetable

70 D&G Bus

Route G during consultation

The 70 will incorporate parts of the current 56, 83 and 89 services.
The service will operate twice a day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Nantwich via Ravensmoor, Ridley, Tiverton, Bunbury, Spurstow, Bulkeley, Faddiley and returning to Nantwich.

70 Timetable (PDF, 199KB)

71, 72 D&G Bus 

Nantwich – Wrenbury

Route G during consultation

The 72 will incorporate part of the current 53 and 72 bus services with a revised route and timetable.

The service will terminate at Wrenbury with 4 services a day extending to Marbury and Norbury. The route will approach and depart from Nantwich via Millfields to incorporate the 53 Nantwich town service route. 

72 Timetable (PDF, 199KB)

73 D&G Bus

Nantwich – Audlem – Whitchurch

Route G during consultation

The 73 will incorporate the current 51 and 73 bus services with a revised route and timetable.

The route will approach and depart from Nantwich via the route of the current 51 service.

73 Timetable (PDF, 184KB)

88, 89, 188 D&G Bus

Northwich / Macclesfield - Knutsford - Wilmslow - Altrincham

Route E during consultation

Route and timetable revised to combine routes 27, 88 and 289 (Knutsford – Northwich) into the new 88, 89, 188 service.

88, 89, 188 Altrincham -Knutsford - Macclesfield or Northwich (PDF, 201KB)

90, 91, 92 Hollinshead Coaches

Congleton town services.

Route H during consultation

The route and timetable will be unchanged. 90, 91, 92 Hollinshead Coaches Congleton Circulars 24/10/16 (PDF, 3.4MB)

316 Tomlinson Travel

316 Sandbach – Cooksmere Lane

Route J in Cabinet Report

316 service will operate the route of the current SB1 service.

Services SB2 and SB3 will be covered as part of the 317 service. 

316, 319 Sandbach - Goostrey, Cooksmere Lane (PDF, 120KB)

317 D&G Bus

317 Leighton Hospital – Alsager

Route J in Cabinet Report

317 service will operate to the route of the current 78 service between Leighton Hospital and Alsager, also incorporating the SB2 and SB3 services.

317, 318 Leighton Hospital - Alsager,  Alsager - Congleton (PDF, 202KB)

318 D&G Bus

318 Alsager - Congleton

Route J in Cabinet Report

318 service will operate from Alsager to Congleton via Kidsgrove and will part replace the current 77 and 315 routes.

317, 318 Leighton Hospital - Alsager,  Alsager - Congleton (PDF, 202KB)

319 Tomlinson Travel

319 Sandbach - Goostrey

Route J in Cabinet Report

319 service will operate the same route but with a new timetable.

Services SB2 and SB3 will be covered as part of the 317 service.

316, 319 Sandbach - Goostrey, Cooksmere Lane (PDF, 120KB)

391, 392 Selwyns

Macclesfield - Bollington - Poynton - Hazel Grove - Stockport

Route F during consultation

391, 392 services will operate along parts of the current 392, 393 and P1 route.

The service will also incorporate part of the 11 route via Kerridge and South West Avenue.

Both the 391, 392 services will also serve Stockport via Hazel Grove Station.

391, 392 Macclesfield - Bollington, Kerridge - Poynton - Stockport (PDF, 872KB)

In addition the Council will also support the following services to operate in the evenings:

New Bus Routes
 Service NumberChanges to current routes  New service timetable from 1st April 2018 

6E Arriva

Crewe - Brookhouse Estate

Monday to Friday evening service, last bus leaves Leighton Hospital at 20:12.

6E Crewe - Brookhouse Estate Monday to Friday Evenings

8 D&G Bus

Sydney - Crewe - Wistaston Green

Monday to Saturday evening service. Service to be provided commercially by D&G buses.

8 Sydney -  Crewe - Wistaston Green Monday to Saturday Evenings

37 Arriva

Crewe - Winsford / Northwich

Update 12/03/18: There will be an amendment to subsidised evening journeys requested by Cheshire East Council as a result of passenger feedback. The journeys will run 10 minutes later to provide improved evening connections.

37 Arriva Sandbach - Winsford Timetable

38 Arriva

Crewe – Macclesfield 

The route and timetable will be unchanged.


Cheshire East Council will support Monday to Thursday evening services with Arriva operating Friday and Saturday evening services commercially.

38 Arriva Macclesfield - Crewe Timetable

Changes to other services not being supported by the Council will be published shortly. Further details can be found on the bus service changes page.

Little Bus

Changes to the Council’s flexible transport Little Bus service have been delayed until after the changes to the supported bus services. Further details on the future management of the Little Bus service will be announced later in 2018.


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