Borough’s ‘Little Bus’ service to be upgraded

Cheshire East Council's 'Little Bus' service is to be upgraded and extended across a wider area of the borough from August.

'Little Bus' is the name for the flexible transport service which is currently run by D&G in Cheshire East, providing an alternative means of travel for 600 regular users - including the elderly, the disabled and people who have no access to a scheduled service.

Proposed changes to the service, which were deferred last November to give the council time to assess any impact of the revised council-supported bus network, have been approved by the Council's Cabinet.

Helping people to live active, independent lives and avoid social isolation is the primary reason for funding Little Bus and eligibility for accessing the service remains unchanged. Residents that are disabled, live beyond the reach of any scheduled service or are over 80 years of age, are entitled to use Little Bus.

Core hours will be between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Andrew Ross, Cheshire East Council's director of infrastructure and highways, said: "These proposals for Little Bus are an important step towards securing services for residents and delivering our savings plans. We have identified a genuine 'spend less – deliver more' opportunity.

"We fully acknowledge that staff at the existing operator will be affected by this decision and the council will fulfil its obligations through consultations supported by our HR personnel."

As part of the proposals, Little Bus will now be operated by the council's own transport company Transport Service Solutions (TSS) and the Council says users can expect to see newer, high-quality vehicles operating across a wider area of the borough.

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Terry Bowes
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 4:37 pm
Quite amazing, CEC beggars belief most of the time. A few years ago they had their own minibus service, Dial a Ride, operated by Macclesfield Community Transport and funded by, guess who, they stopped funding this operation, made all the staff redundant and handed it over to D&G. Nothing against D&G they do a great job and friends and relatives of mine use the service. Just saying!
Anne Bale
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 1:42 pm
I hope very much that the service will help the many older people living in Alderley Edge who are having such a stressful time with taxis at present.
Terry Bowes
Saturday 20th April 2019 at 4:42 pm
Anne the service is already running in Alderley. D & G run a great service, it just doesn’t seem to be well advertised.

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