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Old 15th December 2016, 20:36   #826
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They are claiming reliability is poor when trying to operate an hourly service with one bus.
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Old 16th December 2016, 06:32   #827
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The new 99 timetable is bizarre , the gaps are very variable and is only going to reduce the patronage and viability further than what it is currently.

I've sent an email to them commenting on the changes.
Only registers a complaint, won't change their minds.
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Old 16th December 2016, 15:05   #828
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Well they've said they are forwarding it onto the Local Authority so I'm happy with that even if it won't change the Councils plans.
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Old 17th December 2016, 15:08   #829
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The new 99 timetable is bizarre , the gaps are very variable and is only going to reduce the patronage and viability further than what it is currently.

I've sent an email to them commenting on the changes.
The gaps aren't very variable. Going into Macclesfield they alternate between being 75 and 105 minutes. So every other hour they're spending half an hour at Congleton. Is there anything interesting to do there?
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Old 18th December 2016, 00:59   #830
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Macclesfield and Congleton are both sizable economic centres of Cheshire.

The 99 service has lost a lot of passengers from my observations over the last few years with lots of chopping and changing to the service by different operators - notably High Peak.

First it was half hourly Monday - Saturday
Then it was hourly Monday - Saturday
Then it was hourly Monday-Friday
and now it is no longer going to operate on a clockface timetable of either hourly or two hourly - coincidentally leading up to a 1.5 million pound cut to the subsidised network in 2018/19

Cynical I maybe but I believe this latest change is designed to reduce ridership to justify withdrawing it completely, given not so long ago the council were going to let the service go completely until GHA Coaches stepped in.
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Old 18th December 2016, 12:40   #831
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Macclesfield and Congleton are both sizable economic centres of Cheshire.

The 99 service has lost a lot of passengers from my observations over the last few years with lots of chopping and changing to the service by different operators - notably High Peak.

First it was half hourly Monday - Saturday
Then it was hourly Monday - Saturday
Then it was hourly Monday-Friday
and now it is no longer going to operate on a clockface timetable of either hourly or two hourly - coincidentally leading up to a 1.5 million pound cut to the subsidised network in 2018/19

Cynical I maybe but I believe this latest change is designed to reduce ridership to justify withdrawing it completely, given not so long ago the council were going to let the service go completely until GHA Coaches stepped in.
The 99 (as it is now) and 27 both seemed to lose out because GHA were running them commercially and no other operator was willing to run them commercially. Cheshire East originally tried to avoid awarding a contract for a 27 Saturday service as well until they got complaints from people who work on Saturday and need the bus to get to work. However, the 200 service (which was and still is contracted) avoided being cut back despite a train service existing between Wilmslow and the Airport meaning it's only really needed to serve Styal, Quarry Bank Mill and the Viewing Park.

It should be noted the 38 service offers an alternative for getting between Congleton and Macclesfield, while the 14 also runs between Lyme Green and Macclesfield and the 92 runs between Buglawton and Congleton. Personally I was surprised they awarded a contract for the full route - I thought at most they'd do a limited peak time service to allow people living in Congleton to get to and from Lyme Green Business Park.
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I've noticed the very limited 47 service between High Legh and Warrington isn't mentioned on the Cheshire East website. Perhaps they think if they don't publicise it no-one will use it and they can withdraw the funding?
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I noticed today that Brook Lane, Alderley Edge has a couple of disused yellow 'Cheshire Bus' bus stops along it (the type used in the 1990s.) Brook Lane is the road which is the road you'd take out of Alderley Edge to go towards Chorley/Great Warford/Mobberley/Knutsford. Does anyone know which bus service used to run along that road?
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Old 11th January 2017, 23:25   #833
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I noticed today that Brook Lane, Alderley Edge has a couple of disused yellow 'Cheshire Bus' bus stops along it (the type used in the 1990s.) Brook Lane is the road which is the road you'd take out of Alderley Edge to go towards Chorley/Great Warford/Mobberley/Knutsford. Does anyone know which bus service used to run along that road?
I seem to remember there used to be an infrequent service Great Warford - Alderley Edge - Wilmslow, and also a Tuesdays only service Alderley Edge - Mobberley - Altrincham
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Old 12th January 2017, 10:34   #834
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I seem to remember there used to be an infrequent service Great Warford - Alderley Edge - Wilmslow, and also a Tuesdays only service Alderley Edge - Mobberley - Altrincham
I found some further information on a blog site. I remember the E69 but wasn't sure exactly what route it took by the time it was routed to serve a number of different villages opposed to being a direct service between A and B. I think that RR1? that started at Middle Walk, Knutsford (random place) also went to Alderley Edge on Mondays only but again I'm not sure on the exact route it took.

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Altrincham – Holmes Chapel (E69):

Whilst we stay in Altrincham, the North Cheshire town had a number of limited shoppers’ services from outlying villages. One example was the E69 from Holmes Chapel. The original service was operated by Crosville Motor Service and as a NBC constituent between Knolls Green and Altrincham, offering passengers enough time to visit its market. There was one return journey on Tuesday (1045 and 1340 arriving 1115 and 1410) and another one on Saturday (1030 and 1230, arriving 1100 and 1300).

What Happened Next? In 2002, it continued to Alderley and was operated by Salford company Midwest. By 2008, it only operated on Saturdays and was extended to Holmes Chapel by then, with Town and District Travel taking over. The beginning of 2011 saw an operator revision with Tomlinson’s Travel taking over. Owing to public sector spending cuts, Cheshire East ceased funding the service which led to its withdrawal on the 9th December 2011. What a nice Christmas present for carless pensioners living in Mobberley (not!).
https://mancunian1001.wordpress.com/...o-perfect-ten/

While the bus stops are the old style it seems a shame they have been left there while there are unmarked bus stops on other routes e.g. 289 and 300 where a bus stop sign and a timetable display would be a useful addition. For instance, an old lady was waiting at an unmarked bus stop for a non-existent 12:45 run on the 300 service the other day even though 12:45 and 20:15 are the two times services don't run to allow driver breaks.
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Old 17th January 2017, 18:21   #835
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I noticed today that Brook Lane, Alderley Edge has a couple of disused yellow 'Cheshire Bus' bus stops along it (the type used in the 1990s.) Brook Lane is the road which is the road you'd take out of Alderley Edge to go towards Chorley/Great Warford/Mobberley/Knutsford. Does anyone know which bus service used to run along that road?
According to the April 1990 Cheshire book:
E17: Macclesfield - Prestbury - Mottram - Alderley - Wilmslow Rail Sta.
E69: Alderley - Lindlow End - Mobberley - Ashley - Altrincham
287: Macclesfield - Prestbury - Mottram - Alderley - Wilmslow - Altrincham
ran along Brook Lane.

E59: Wilmslow - Alderley - Great Warford
ran along Rileys Lane.
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Moving forward to 1992:
E17 remains;
E69 remains;
287 remains;
288 is new operating Altrincham to Wilmslow as per 287, then via Mobberley to Knutsford, perhaps not via Alderley Edge but close to;
E59 remains.

By 1994:
E17 is not shown;
E69 remains;
287 remains;
288 remains;
E59 remains.

In 1997:
E69 now operates via the E59 route from Alderley to Great Warford, picking up its old route at Knolls Green;
287 now operates Macclesfield - Wilmslow - Manchester Airport;
288 remains;
E59 merged with E69.

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The May 2003 map is the last one I have showing a service along Rileys Lane. By 2007 the 287 has become the 26A and operates direct Alderley to Wilmslow.

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Old 21st January 2017, 10:04   #836
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287 now operates Macclesfield - Wilmslow - Manchester Airport;
I think it's a shame the Manchester Airport service now terminates in Wilmslow, it could be so much more useful if it continued beyond Wilmslow to somewhere which doesn't have a direct rail service to the Airport.
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Old 21st January 2017, 10:25   #837
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I think it's a shame the Manchester Airport service now terminates in Wilmslow, it could be so much more useful if it continued beyond Wilmslow to somewhere which doesn't have a direct rail service to the Airport.
Like Prestbury and Mottram St Andrew...
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Like Prestbury and Mottram St Andrew...
Using a bus like this:
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