Bus cuts could leave users stranded

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

BUS users have raised con­cerns about pro­pos­als to cut sub­si­dies for evening and Sun­day ser­vices.

Cheshire East Coun­cil launches a 10-week con­sul­ta­tion to­mor­row (Thursday, May 18) on plans to stop sub­si­dis­ing Sun­day and evening routes in an ef­fort to save money.

But res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cerns about the cuts, which could lead to the loss of some bus ser­vices.

They say the two bus com­pa­nies - Ar­riva and High Peak - may choose to with­draw ser­vices if they are not sub­sidised.

One route af­fected is the num­ber 10 be­tween Mac­cles­field and Bolling­ton.

Mark Dut­land, 57, of Bolling­ton Road, said: “I use the bus from Princess Drive into town and won’t be able to do that any­more.

“I’m lucky as I still have a car but I have arthri­tis and am wor­ried about what I’ll do in a few years. Bolling­ton is be­ing cut off. The coun­cil should be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to use the buses.”

Lor­raine Chap­man, of Corn­brook Grove, Mac­cles­field, gets the num­ber 9 from Mac­cles­field to the Moss Rose and num­ber 130 to work as a chef in Alder­ley Edge.

She said: “The cuts will se­ri­ously af­fect me get­ting to work. Without the Sun­day ser­vice, I’ll have to pay £34 for taxis.”

A coun­cil spokesman urged peo­ple to take part in the con­sul­ta­tion.

He said: “Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion the pub­lic will be able to give their views online and on pa­per-based sur­veys at li­braries and cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres.

“All opin­ions are wel­come, whether they come from shift work­ers, lo­cal busi­nesses or peo­ple who use buses in their leisure time.

“Cheshire East also en­cour­ages mem­bers of the pub­lic who don’t use buses to en­gage with the con­sul­ta­tion.”

A spokesman for Ar­riva said the firm awaits the out­come of the con­sul­ta­tion be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on its routes. High Peak did not re­spond to our re­quest for a comment.

Go to cheshireeast.gov. uk/bus re­view to have your say.

Ar­riva cur­rently op­er­ates ser­vices at Mac­cles­field Bus Sta­tion

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