Another bus service blow as 300 service is changed

The new 300 route

The new 300 route

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

CHANGES to a circular bus service will leave elderley residents unable to get into town and do their shopping, according to concerned bus users.

The 300, which travels around the majority of the town, will stop serving Tabley Road and Queenway from April 1.

The service is operated by High Peak – the same firm which has decided to withdraw the 27 Macclesfield service. It has decided that it will run every service via Lilac Avenue.

But residents living in the Beechwood retirement complex on Tabley Road are up in arms after being told of the change.

Muriel Shaw told the Guardian the change would mean she – and her neighbours – would have to walk into town.

“It’s hard going as it is,” she said.

“They think it’s Knutsford so everyone will have a car but they don’t. There must be some way of getting round it but no-one wants to know. We’ve asked the drivers but they can’t help us.”

She added the latest change was on top of seeing the 27 service withdrawn.

“The Macclesfield bus will be missed when it goes,” she said.

“You just won’t be able to get down there, especially if you’ve got a hospital appointment. It’s not like you can share because the appointments are at different times. Plus a taxi costs £38 each way.”

High Peak said it had decided it no longer needs the council’s subsidy to run the service.

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2:31pm Sat 2 Mar 13

StoccoRoss says...

Buses in Knutsford are bad enough without this happening. This means that the bus won't even go to Canute Square any more. It's appalling.
Buses in Knutsford are bad enough without this happening. This means that the bus won't even go to Canute Square any more. It's appalling. StoccoRoss
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10:40am Mon 4 Mar 13

turtle2 says...

There is a bus stop at the junction of Manchester Road and Queensway which the 289 bus stops at on request (and also the 47 bus on Tuesday and Friday only), so any talk about that area of the town being cut off and people having to walk instead is complete rubbish. No wonder bus services are being withdrawn in Knutsford if people don't even know the bus routes that do exist!

StoccoRoss: All 300 route buses will continue to serve Canute Square, the ones that did serve Tabley Rd/Queensway will now serve Lilac Avenue instead.

A bus service between Macclesfield and Knutsford has always been in Cheshire East Council's top 20 most needed bus services. They have now issued a tender for a new subsided bus service after attempts to get another operator to run the service commercially failed. It is not currently known what frequency the subsided Macclesfield service will run at.
There is a bus stop at the junction of Manchester Road and Queensway which the 289 bus stops at on request (and also the 47 bus on Tuesday and Friday only), so any talk about that area of the town being cut off and people having to walk instead is complete rubbish. No wonder bus services are being withdrawn in Knutsford if people don't even know the bus routes that do exist! StoccoRoss: All 300 route buses will continue to serve Canute Square, the ones that did serve Tabley Rd/Queensway will now serve Lilac Avenue instead. A bus service between Macclesfield and Knutsford has always been in Cheshire East Council's top 20 most needed bus services. They have now issued a tender for a new subsided bus service after attempts to get another operator to run the service commercially failed. It is not currently known what frequency the subsided Macclesfield service will run at. turtle2
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