Cheshire East public transport news and notices

£2 UK Gov Fare Cap

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

From January 2023 to March 2023 operators will be capping fares at £2 per single journey. Details of the participating operators in Cheshire East can be found on the Government website £2 bus fare cap - GOV.UK

Winter weather

During the colder weather there may be delays or diversions to bus services, especially in areas where roads are not gritted. Passengers are advised to check with the bus operator before travelling.

The mandatory requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

Bus and rail operators

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

Last updated 19 January 2022

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

19 January 2023 Winter disruption

  • Currently the Beartown network is not operating due to poor winter weather conditions. Other services generally are severely delayed across the Borough.

16 January 2023 Changes to High Peak Services Whaley Bridge Railway Bridge Closure

Due to the closure of Whaley Bridge Railway Bridge from 16 January 2023 (for up to 3 months) High Peak will need to make some changes to services in the area:

60 to operate in two halves:

  • Macclesfield to Chapel (every 2 hours) – extended from Horwich End to Chapel to allow better at stop connection with 61 and 199 for passengers north of the closure. One afternoon run extends to Dove Holes for Chapel High School pupils. Most journeys run via Shallcross to cover the 190.
  • Hayfield to Whaley Bridge (hourly as per current but to a slightly revised timetable but all buses do the full Stoneheads loop to turn around).

61 operates as through service but frequency reduced to every 90 mins (Mon-Sat, irregular on Suns due to length of diversion via Chapel. Most buses serve Whaley Bridge village centre turning via a half loop of Stoneheads (Joddrell Road and Hockerly Lane only). Buses join A6 via Sheffield Road slip (rather than Hayfield Road) to avoid tight left turn at Flower Shop at Chapel Town End. 

199 timetable unchanged but buses do not serve main part of Chapel or Whaley Bridge. Buses run as normal to Market Street then turn right into Hayfield Road at Town End (Flower Shop) then rejoin A6 at Aldi roundabout and rejoin normal route at Bridgmont.

In the morning 1 trip runs down to Chapel High School and turns round in grounds to return to A6 (using Sheffield Road slip to avoid tighter turn at Town End), the return flow in the afternoon is provided by an extension of the 60 beyond Chapel to Dove Holes bus depot with pick up on the main road on the normal stop for the 199.

7 and 8 January 2023 Bollington, Palmerston Street closure

During the closure buses will only be able to get as far as Grimshaw Lane. The 391, 392 will run back to Flash Lane and the A523.

4 January 2023 Crewe Bus Station 

The old Crewe Bus Station bus bays will close from Wednesday 4 January 2023 and new temporary bays will be in operation nearby. There will be staff on hand to help direct passengers to the new bays and to answer any questions passengers may have.

3 January 2023

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

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

Contact us

Transport Policy

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

Page last reviewed: 19 January 2023