Cheshire East public transport news and notices

Cheshire East is in National Lockdown - to help stop the spread, think before you travel

In line with Government guidance, all residents need to reduce non-essential travel as much as possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. There will be increasing checks and enforcement action across the transport network including fines for those breaching the rules. For further information on National Lockdown restrictions, visit the Government's coronavirus guidance page.

Safety guidance when travelling

  • If you do need to make an essential journey, stay local – avoid travelling outside the part of Cheshire East where you live.
  • Reduce the number of journeys you make and walk or cycle if you can.
  • If you need to use public transport, you must wear a face covering at the stops and on the bus unless exempt and follow safety guidelines – follow the operator's instructions, keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment if possible.
  • If you are using public transport, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey, consider travelling outside peak times and using quieter routes. Make sure to check with the operator before travel as some services may be suspended or reduced at short notice:
  • You must wear a face covering unless you are exempt - if you do not you may be refused travel or fined. Exemptions include young children, people with disabilities and those with breathing difficulties
  • Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or support bubble.

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, please check the latest government guidance

Bus passes - free travel before 9.30am from Thursday 21 January to support the vaccine rollout

To help support the Governments vaccine rollout for the most vulnerable people from Thursday 21 January all English National Travel Concessionary bus pass holders are allowed to travel free of charge before 9.30am. All bus operators have been informed about these changes and asked to update their staff of the changes.

Travelling Safely on FlexiLink

Cheshire East Council's demand-responsive FlexiLink service restarted on 3 August 2020. Please see specific guidance for using the FlexiLink service during the pandemic.

Bus pass applications and replacements

Eligible Cheshire East residents can apply for an older person’s or disabled person’s bus pass via the new Cheshire East Bus Pass Portal. You can also use the portal to replace lost or damaged cards (£10 fee applies).

Please contact the relevant Library to confirm they are open as you will now need to book an appointment for any bus pass related enquiries. Information can be found at Cheshire East Council Libraries. Please note the Customer Centres at Macclesfield Town Hall and Delamere House remain closed until further notice.

Shopmobility Services

There are number of shopmobility services that operate within the Cheshire East Borough. See our Shopmobility service pages for details. 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus pandemic and Government instructions for people to work from home and self-isolate, some of our services continue to be reduced or suspended. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to reintroducing services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Bus operators

See the operators websites for information regarding individual services and fare information:

Northern rail route improvements

There will be changes to some Northern Rail services in Cheshire East in 2021. You can find more information on Northern Rail's improvement works information page.

Last updated 17 March 2021:

Bus services must be registered with between 42 and 70 days notice, although registrations may be granted at short notice. GOV.UK has more information about running local bus services and penalties for poor service.

In the UK bus routes are required to be registered under the Transport Act 1985. You can find details of registered routes at:

Bus service changes in date order

17 April 2021 D&G Bus changes 12, 38, 85

  • Additional weekend journeys will run on D&G services 12, 38 and 85.

11 April 2021 D&G Bus changes 88, 89, 130

  • Service 88 will have minor timetable changes at peak times.
  • Service 89 will be reduced on weekday afternoons.
  • Service 130 will be extended to serve Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe and Wythenshawe Hospital.

1 April 2021 Mikro Coaches 78 cancelled, service withdrawn

22 March to 30 May 2021 38 service

  • From 22 March to 30 May the 38 will be diverting via Holmes Chapel from Congleton to Arclid due to a road closure.

28 January 2021

  • There have been emergency changes to all High Peak services due to staff shortages caused by the pandemic.

4 January 2021 D&G Bus 130 service

  • Alderley Road is going to be closed between the Hardern Park Roundabout and Fulshaw Park Roundabout from 4 January until 18 March 2021. Service 130 will divert via Brook Lane and Knutsford Road.

4 January 2021 D&G Bus 5 and 30 Sunday services

  • 5 D&G Bus Macclesfield town sunday service, has not been operating due to the Covid pandemic. Service cancelled, registration withdrawn from 4 January 2021.
  • 30 D&G Bus Sunday service has never operated due to the Covid pandemic. Service cancelled, registration withdrawn from 4 January 2021. 

Road closures, gritting and disruption information

You can view all the roadworks and road closures in East Cheshire on the Cheshire East highways roadworks page.

Passengers and commuters are recommended to follow Cheshire East Highway's Twitter account to receive the latest information on Highway and Transport issues for East Cheshire:

You can track your bus in real time with these operators

During severe weather passengers and drivers are advised to check the weather forecast for Cheshire or visit the Met Office website for details of the latest weather forecast and weather warnings so they can make an informed decision before travelling.

Bus stops

Passengers can find bus stop timetable displays at over 1021 bus stops in Cheshire East. We try to update displays at bus stops the day before a service change but this can be a few days either side. We put the date at the top of each display to show when it was last updated.

Across Cheshire East 678 stops have raised kerbs installed to make boarding and alighting easier for disabled passengers and passengers with pushchairs.

You can report any errors / queries using the Bus stop infrastructure and timetable display reporting form or phone 0300 123 5500 (Monday to Friday 9:00 - 16:00).

Public transport is now provided by Transport Service Solutions (TSS) - a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Council.

Contact us

Transport Policy

For Bus and Train times call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

The English Traveline call centre opening hours are 7am to 10pm most days. You can find full details on Traveline's website.

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