Buses cut in Northwich town centre

Night buses from Northwich to three of its major villages are being cut because of a lack of passengers.

Night buses from Northwich to three of its major villages are being cut because of a lack of passengers.

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NIGHT buses from Northwich to three of its major villages are being cut because of a lack of passengers.

From March 3, the last weekday bus from the town centre to Weaverham will be at 9.25pm, the last bus to Barnton will be at 8pm and the last bus to Rudheath will be 9pm.

Current services see the last weekday bus from Watling Street to Weaverham at 11.25pm, and the last to Barnton and Rudheath at 11pm.

The change follows a review by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and service operator Arriva.

Weaverham man Dave Marsden, from Barrymore Road, said: “Now that work has started to improve the town with a leisure centre, cafes, restaurants, bars, a new cinema etc I can't help wondering who is going to use them.

“It has just been announced that the bus service timetable is to undergo major changes.

“If I use the leisure centre in the evenings, which may include having some refreshment, I will need to use public transport to get back home.

“However, from 3rd March, that will not be possible, as the last bus to Weaverham will leave Northwich at 9.30pm.

“Although the times vary slightly, it is the same to Barnton and Rudheath.

“No-one will want to visit the town in the evenings if they have to leave at 9.30pm to get back home.

“How many millions of pounds are being spent on these facilities while CWAC are removing the ability for people get home having used them?”

A spokesman for CWAC said: “We have an ongoing review of all our services and monitor passenger usage with Arriva.

“Passenger figures towards this time of night, after 8pm, drop off with just one or two people using it.

“We have to prioritise where we spend our money and this isn’t a sustainable service at that time of night.

“But we constantly review passenger numbers and if demand is there we will put on extra services or extend the time back into the evening.

“At the moment, usage isn’t justifying the expenditure.”

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11:09pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Cymo says...

More people would use the buses if the fares were more reasonable.
More people would use the buses if the fares were more reasonable. Cymo
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2:04pm Sat 23 Feb 13

tedrobphoto says...

Weaverham should be grateful to HAVE a bus service!
A Lower Wincham (if there is a "LOWER",) which would cater for many older people in Ashwood Park and Marston bus service DOESN'T EXIST and my suggestion to Warrington Transport to run the 45 down there was dismissed.
Be THANKFUL FOR SMALL MERCIES!!!
Weaverham should be grateful to HAVE a bus service! A Lower Wincham (if there is a "LOWER",) which would cater for many older people in Ashwood Park and Marston bus service DOESN'T EXIST and my suggestion to Warrington Transport to run the 45 down there was dismissed. Be THANKFUL FOR SMALL MERCIES!!! tedrobphoto
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12:16pm Sun 24 Feb 13

patriceandrobin says...

If the buses are too big for the number of passengers then surely the sensible option is a smaller vehicle!

Taxi's in Northwich are way too expensive, over double what I pay in Liverpool for the same length of journey.

Next they will be closing down facilities in Northwich because they are underused (cos there are no buses!.. dooh) And what about the private businesses, the recession is already making it difficult for them! Does no one on the council have any brains?
If the buses are too big for the number of passengers then surely the sensible option is a smaller vehicle! Taxi's in Northwich are way too expensive, over double what I pay in Liverpool for the same length of journey. Next they will be closing down facilities in Northwich because they are underused (cos there are no buses!.. dooh) And what about the private businesses, the recession is already making it difficult for them! Does no one on the council have any brains? patriceandrobin
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8:12pm Sun 24 Feb 13

INEEDTOSAYTHIS says...

The taxis in Liverpool have 4 times the work.....therefore more viable...and they more than probably get an other fare on the way back......
The taxis in Liverpool have 4 times the work.....therefore more viable...and they more than probably get an other fare on the way back...... INEEDTOSAYTHIS
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11:00pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Cymo says...

I wish they'd make up their minds. They are building more shops because the ones we had have closed down, so why don't they put on more buses when the ones we've got aren't being used? Totally inconsistent!
I wish they'd make up their minds. They are building more shops because the ones we had have closed down, so why don't they put on more buses when the ones we've got aren't being used? Totally inconsistent! Cymo
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9:35pm Tue 26 Feb 13

MatthewB says...

I remember a time in the 80's and 90's when Northwich people used to go more in the evenings and use the facilities the town had to offer.
People used to travel from Middlewich and Winsford to use the cinema and bolwing alley.
So what happened?
People have stopped using the facilities Northwich has to offer.
The Regal, Bowling Alley, JW's Cafe Bar, The Indian Resturant next to Natwest to name just a few that have closed as they never made money.
These things never cost a lot of money, £5.00 to watch a film doesn't break the bank, but people that live here would rather stay at home then complain when it is all gone.
I remember a time in the 80's and 90's when Northwich people used to go more in the evenings and use the facilities the town had to offer. People used to travel from Middlewich and Winsford to use the cinema and bolwing alley. So what happened? People have stopped using the facilities Northwich has to offer. The Regal, Bowling Alley, JW's Cafe Bar, The Indian Resturant next to Natwest to name just a few that have closed as they never made money. These things never cost a lot of money, £5.00 to watch a film doesn't break the bank, but people that live here would rather stay at home then complain when it is all gone. MatthewB
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9:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

MatthewB says...

INEEDTOSAYTHIS wrote:
The taxis in Liverpool have 4 times the work.....therefore more viable...and they more than probably get an other fare on the way back......
Same in Manchester.
They are busy a 7 days a week, Black Cabs and Private Hire.
In Northwich they are only busy at the weekend and then you have to book 2-3 days in advance!
[quote][p][bold]INEEDTOSAYTHIS[/bold] wrote: The taxis in Liverpool have 4 times the work.....therefore more viable...and they more than probably get an other fare on the way back......[/p][/quote]Same in Manchester. They are busy a 7 days a week, Black Cabs and Private Hire. In Northwich they are only busy at the weekend and then you have to book 2-3 days in advance! MatthewB
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11:04am Thu 28 Feb 13

Chris2389 says...

This just goes to show that these companies just think of their own pocket instead of looking for alternative ways such as smaller buses like mentioned previously. If this takes place, my mates mum will be affected as she will not be able to get back home along with others! As also mentioned, taxi prices are through the roof! My personal opinion is, it's just selfish and narrow minded. Next they will be moaning the buses ain't being used at the stated times. Maybe they should consider LOWERING BUS PRICES INSTEAD OF BEING MONEY GRABBING AND HAVE CONSIDERATION OF REGULAR BUS USERS.
This just goes to show that these companies just think of their own pocket instead of looking for alternative ways such as smaller buses like mentioned previously. If this takes place, my mates mum will be affected as she will not be able to get back home along with others! As also mentioned, taxi prices are through the roof! My personal opinion is, it's just selfish and narrow minded. Next they will be moaning the buses ain't being used at the stated times. Maybe they should consider LOWERING BUS PRICES INSTEAD OF BEING MONEY GRABBING AND HAVE CONSIDERATION OF REGULAR BUS USERS. Chris2389
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2:18pm Thu 28 Feb 13

GOFFY says...

With regard to the price of taxis in Northwich, I am a taxi operator and to give some idea of the cost of keeping ONE taxi in good order and well serviced per year for those that have commented and complained about the price of using them, it costs me, servicing £600 (3 services), operators licence £97, taxi licence £237, MOT £49, insurance £2000, tyres every 8/10,000 £1600, TOTAL £4583. Plus we have pay for the fuel at the same price as everyone else. Like all those that work we have make a living from what we do, buses may be less expensive than a taxi but they do not pick you up and drop you off at the door.
With regard to the price of taxis in Northwich, I am a taxi operator and to give some idea of the cost of keeping ONE taxi in good order and well serviced per year for those that have commented and complained about the price of using them, it costs me, servicing £600 (3 services), operators licence £97, taxi licence £237, MOT £49, insurance £2000, tyres every 8/10,000 £1600, TOTAL £4583. Plus we have pay for the fuel at the same price as everyone else. Like all those that work we have make a living from what we do, buses may be less expensive than a taxi but they do not pick you up and drop you off at the door. GOFFY
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12:01pm Mon 4 Mar 13

turtle2 says...

People complaining should look at Knutsford buses. The last bus leaving the town for neighbouring villages is at around 6.30pm. After that the only bus in Knutsford is a town circular bus usually operated by a tatty old minibus that is probably only just about roadworthy.
People complaining should look at Knutsford buses. The last bus leaving the town for neighbouring villages is at around 6.30pm. After that the only bus in Knutsford is a town circular bus usually operated by a tatty old minibus that is probably only just about roadworthy. turtle2
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