East Cheshire Bus News

Discussion in 'Buses & Coaches' started by 323235, 10 May 2013.

  1. Baxenden Bank

    Baxenden Bank Established Member

    Messages:
    992
    Joined:
    23 Oct 2013
    Attending ASAP and attending using public transport are very unlikely to be compatible. Save for a very small number of people who are fortunate enough to have a direct bus to the hospital running every few minutes 24/7/365. In the absence of a car, and an urgent need to attend, then the spouse / family / friend / neighbour option comes into play. Failing that a taxi, or as suggested, an NHS funded taxi in lieu of a non-emergency ambulance / patient transport service.

    Don't misunderstand, I fully understand the need for people to attend various places. And for some of those to do so by public transport. I am one of them and there are so many places which it is simply no longer possible to reasonably reach by public transport. But, as was discussed upthread, people need to allow for such things in their life. Very occasionally things happen out of the blue which have unforeseen costs i.e. the need to attend a hospital a few times over a short period of time, then not again for several years. That could be as a patient or a visitor. Public transport, nowadays, simply cannot be provided on that basis unless the population density is sufficient to have enough of those 'once in a blue moon passengers' travelling on every bus service to make the subsidy at least reasonable.

    My view would always be that the provider of a service should consider how its users are going to access their services. That applies to a place of employment, leisure, retail or health. Unfortunately we now live in a world where the people deciding on the locations of those facilities simply have no concept whatsoever that there still remain people in the world who do not have immediate access to a car for their sole use, as and when. Equally unfortunately, the numbers of such people are so few that the loss of their business can be easily afforded.
     
  2. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    I don't think providing a regular designated hospital bus is a good idea. However, if we look at Macclesfield Hospital a commercial bus service between Wilmslow and Macclesfield via the hospital operates Mon-Sat daytime. Why not provide a subsided evening and Sunday service?

    Macclesfield-Knutsford doesn't look as good at present. However, that doesn't mean it can't be a more successful bus service. The loadings were much better when not all buses diverted to serve Over Peover and when the frequency was hourly. Why not extend beyond Knutsford to make it more attractive to people from the Macclesfield area e.g. to Tatton Park or/and Manchester Airport or Warrington?
     
  3. 6Gman

    6Gman Established Member

    Messages:
    3,318
    Joined:
    1 May 2012
    Presumably because the usage wouldn't make it value for money?
     
  4. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    The commercial 130 service doesn't allow for evening visitor hours. There is a Sunday subsided service which gets a healthy loading but the subsidy will be withdrawn next April as Cheshire East council have decided public transport on Sunday is an unnecessary luxury.
     
  5. 6Gman

    6Gman Established Member

    Messages:
    3,318
    Joined:
    1 May 2012
    Presumably because they don't consider it value for money.
     
  6. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    They claim the government has cut their funding by millions and one consequence of that is very little money to subside bus services so most subsides are being axed or severely reduced.
     
  7. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    D&G have re-registered the SB services so they will continue running them after 27th January despite the previous cancellation.
     
  8. Statto

    Statto Established Member

    Messages:
    1,323
    Joined:
    8 Feb 2011
    Location:
    At home or at the pub
    Depends what direction your traveling in, as the last 130 arrives in Macclesfield around 2020, last one from Macclesfield is at 1825.
     
  9. daodao

    daodao Member

    Messages:
    375
    Joined:
    6 Feb 2016
    Location:
    Dunham/Bowdon
    For a number of years, the last weekday bus from Macclesfield Hospital to the town centre was much earlier - it only changed a few weeks ago as route 130 is now run by the Macclesfield depot. However, it is only a 15 minute walk to the town centre, and there are few connections available to other places from Macclesfield bus station after 1900.
     
  10. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    Although, Macclesfield does have direct trains to quite a few places for onward connections but those places don't include Broken Cross, Nether Alderley, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Handforth, Chelford, Ollerton, Over Peover or Knutsford which are all within the area Macclesfield Hospital serves.
     
  11. 323235

    323235 Established Member

    Messages:
    1,519
    Joined:
    8 Dec 2007
    Location:
    North East Cheshire
    The registration also says yes to requiring subsidy?
     
  12. jcollins

    jcollins Veteran Member

    Messages:
    25,746
    Joined:
    23 Jan 2009
    While Cheshire East said they were re-awarding all the contracts with new services starting on 1st April 2018, I wonder if some ended before that and required an extension or short term contract to continue running until 31st Mar.
     
  13. 1Z42

    1Z42 Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    9 Jan 2011
    Location:
    south manchester
    It is a fair walk, 20 mins up from, the town centre ie the railway station, and it is not much fun in the wet. And it is 20metres down then 40 metres up, 200 feet in brexit units.
     
    Last edited: 23 Nov 2017 at 19:28

Share This Page