Cheshire East public transport news and notices

Timetable changes from 23 April

Arriva North West has confirmed that it will close its Winsford and Macclesfield depots on 22 April. This means that Arriva will no longer operate any bus services in Cheshire East. 

New revised timetables are shown below and will take effect from 23 April.

Further updates will be posted on this webpage.

Bus service update
Former Arriva
New operator
from 23 April
 Daytime frequencyFirst buslast bus
Macclesfield-Weston Estate
D & G buses 30 mins 07:35 17:37
Macclesfield-Upton Priory
D & G buses. Merging service 4 with service 19 60 mins to Upton Priory, 120 mins to Prestbury 07:25 17:40
Macclesfield-Weston Estate
No replacement planned
6 Macclesfield-Upton Priory No replacement planned
Brookhouse-Leighton Hospital
D & G buses - service 12 to cover Underwood Lane.  For evening services to Leighton Hospital, use D & G service 12. 30 mins 07:00 19:53
Brookhouse-Leighton Hospital
First Potteries (No. 6) between Bus Station and Leighton Hospital 30 mins 07:30 18:00
Macclesfield-Moss Rose

Centrebus (High Peak) merging Service 14. Will be numbered 14/14A 30 mins to Moss Rose, 120mins to Sutton and Langley 07:10 18:10
D & G buses 30 mins 06:40 18:10
D & G buses.  Re-routed via Broad St replacing service 12 60 mins 05:50 19:08
D & G buses. Evening services Sandbach to Winsford only. 60 mins 05:55 23:04
D & G buses.  60 mins 05:45 22:35
Stagecoach Chester. 60 mins to Chester, 30 mins to Nantwich 06:30 21:30
D & G buses. Does not serve Willaston 30 mins Crewe to Nantwich, evening/Sunday services hourly 06:28 20:58

In certain circumstances bus service registrations may be granted with a shorter notice period than normally required. Bus services must normally be registered with between 42 and 70 days notice with bus operators giving the council up to 28 days notice before they submit a registration to give the council time to assess the changes. 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:

£2 UK Gov Fare Cap

The fare cap which was due to end on 31 March has now been extended by a further three months to 30 June 2023. Fares will continue to be capped at £2 per single journey.

Participating Cheshire East bus operators to cap bus fares at £2 in the new year

Bus service changes in date order

2 July 2023

  • First potteries 3 Crewe - Hanley: timetable revised, most 1st and last journeys withdrawn due to the end of Bus Recovery Grant funding.

RMT & ASLEF Industrial Action - May and June 2023

Due to industrial action by ASLEF and RMT unions there will be disruption to rail services across three weeks in May and early June. In summary the impact will be as follows: 

  • No Northern services will operate on Friday 12 May, Wednesday 31 May and Saturday 3 June.
  • There will be very limited Northern services on Saturday 13 May. Some Northern stations will have no service, trains that run will be busy and finish earlier.
  • Disruption is also expected on 15 - 20 May, and on 1 June, Check with other train operators before travelling. 

Customers are advised to ‘check before travelling’ during this entire period of industrial action, with more severe warnings for days heavily affected by strikes. More information can found at 

72 and 73 D&G Bus 31 May roadworks

  • Services 72,73 will not be serving the section of route from Aston to Audlem from 31 May to Friday 2 June due to traffic delays caused by the roadworks.

Covid guidance

The mandatory requirement to wear face coverings has been lifted but the government recommends that people wear face coverings in certain situations.

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 999 bus stops in Cheshire East maintained by Ansa Transport. 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 622 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. It will take 5 minutes to complete.

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Or phone 0300 123 5500 (Monday to Friday 9:00 - 16:00).

Public transport information is now provided by Ansa Transport - a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Council.

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Page last reviewed: 31 May 2023