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Arriva busses to pull out of Cheshire

The move would see the operator no longer delivering services in Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield

Arriva north west is planning to close two depots and stop running services in Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield

Arriva North West has announced that it is consulting with affected employees on a proposal to close its Winsford and Macclesfield depots.  The move, if confirmed, would see the shutting of the depots with Arriva and no longer operating any bus services in the Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield areas.

According to Arriva “Both depots have been loss-making since before the pandemic and the number of journeys taken by passengers in the areas served by the depots has not recovered to the same levels as comparable operations following the pandemic. This is alongside the bus sector facing sustained and significant cost inflation meaning that revenue from the operations doesn’t cover the costs of running the operations.”

A spokesperson for Arriva North West Bus said:

“It is with great regret we announce we are consulting our highly valued team on the closure of our Winsford and Macclesfield depots which, if confirmed, would mean we would no longer operate any bus services in the Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield areas.

“Withdrawing services and closing depots are always a very last resort. This very difficult decision has been taken following exhaustive steps to turn around the loss-making services but with consistently too few customers to cover the increased cost of running services it is sadly necessary to launch a consultation with affected employees on closing the depots.

Our priority throughout this process is that everything runs as smoothly as possible, for both our customers and our colleagues.

If the depots are closed, Arriva would work with Cheshire East, Cheshire West and, if routes transition from Arriva, any new operators.

We have put in place support for our colleagues through this difficult time, including assisting with transferring to any other local Arriva depots”.

Of the closure goes ahead the Routes that will no longer operate are:

84 Crewe - Nantwich/Chester

6 Leighton Hospital - Shavington

31 Northwich - Winsford - Crewe

37 Northwich - Winsford - Sandbach - Crewe

38 Crewe - Macclesfield

7 Winsford Local Circular

1 Northwich Circular via Rudheath and Weaverham

4 Barnton to Leftwich and Kingsmead via Northwich

3 Macclesfield - Weston

4 Macclesfield - Upton Priory

5 & 6 Macclesfield - Broken Cross

9 Macclesfield - Moss Rose

10 Macclesfield - Bollington


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