Bus service to continue with new operator and reduced route


Cheshire East Council has been informed a new operator will run the 130 bus service, after the existing company chose to deregister the route.

Arriva North West has withdrawn from running the 130 bus between Macclesfield and East Didsbury, via Wilmslow and Handforth, for commercial reasons but a new operator will step in and the council has been informed their application is now with the Traffic Commissioners.

Councillor Craig Browne, the council's deputy leader, said: "The council is expecting the 130 service to be registered by another operator this week with no break in service."

He added: "We understand the new service will operate on Monday to Friday, from Macclesfield to Handforth only, via Wilmslow. Currently, it will not continue to East Didsbury and will not operate on Saturdays.

"The service is seen as a key public transport link in the north of the borough, connecting Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Handforth."

The Arriva North West service was not supported by the council as it was run as a purely commercial operation. The new service, which will continue to stop in Alderley Edge, will also operate on a commercial basis only.

130 Bus Service


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Vince Fogharty
Monday 6th January 2020 at 11:45 am
I see D and G Bus are taking over the route. Glad they are giving it a go, but did they not have a go before and then cancel it? Or was that the subsidised parts of the timetable they had?
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 4:03 pm
No Saturday service? What a come down from the days it was every 30min Monday to Friday and every 15 on Saturdays and summer Sundays. And with the addition of the 52 service to Alderley from Manchester every 10min. One despairs.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 8:55 pm
@ Bob Bracegirdle.

I assume you are recalling the days when private car ownership was not as common as it is today, and people were more reliant on public transport. (Bus and Train)