by Iain Roberts on 7 January, 2020
The Lib Dem team is very concerned at the loss of yet another bus service: the 130 is being withdrawn from Cheadle, further limiting the options of anyone wanting to travel from Cheadle towards Manchester on public transport.
The briefing note for the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee reads:
Service 130 (East Didsbury – Cheadle – Handforth – Macclesfield)Link to Bus Timetable:https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/routes/130-east-didsbury
We’ve been advised by Arriva that the above service will be withdrawn after operation on Saturday 25th January 2020.
In recent years the service has been steadily reduced, affecting the frequency, span of operation and route covered. The last major change came in October 2018 when the service was curtailed to no longer run through to Manchester.
As the majority of the route within Greater Manchester is covered by other services it would be difficult for us to justify replacement, however, the withdrawal of this section will leave a section of Wilmslow Road in Heald Green (between Finney Lane and Outwood Road) without a bus service.
We did consider whether service 312 could be diverted, however, any action would in effect move the problem rather than solving it. The majority of Wilmslow Road will be within 400 metres of alternative services – either service 312 or service 368.
“Recent years have seen bus services reduced and fares increased. It’s no surprise that fewer people are using buses than in the past,” said Cllr Keith Holloway. “It is disappointing that the Mayor and the Labour-controlled transport committee are not willing to take any action to save the 130.”8 Comments