Scrapping of 37 bus service in Middlewich sparks concerns over impact on employment

Middlewich councillors expressed their disappointment at the recent axing of some Arriva bus services in the town

Middlewich councillors expressed their disappointment at the recent axing of some Arriva bus services in the town

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MIDDLEWICH councillors expressed their disappointment at the recent axing of some Arriva bus services in the town - and called for action to be taken.

There has been much objection since Arriva scrapped its no. 37 bus service, which runs through Middlewich and Winsford, in the evenings and on Sundays.

The new timetable came into effect on April 8 and at the Town Council Meeting on April 15, councillors expressed their concerns about the detrimental effects the cuts will have on the town.

Cllr Paul Edwards said: “The cuts stop people from having employment in this town and outside of it.

“The worst affected will be those people who do shift work.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council reduced its subsidy to the service to save more than £80,000, after the commercial viability of the service was called into question.

Following a meeting with Cheshire East to try and find a solution to the loss of public transport, Cllr Mike Parsons said that it was made clear that further funding from their side was not an option.

Cllr Stephen Mitchell said at last Monday’s meeting: “I think we need to do something about it and let our feelings be known.”

These sentiments were shared by Cllr Alan Croll who said that the issue clearly needed sorting out.

Some councillors called for authority representatives from both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester to address the Town Council face-to-face and offer an explanation for their inaction.

Cllr Mitchell said: “The very least they can do is come and explain to the council why they are putting a curfew on this town of an evening.”

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