Have your say on your local bus service

What do you think of the bus service in your local area?

Is it always easy to get a bus when you need one? Do you wish there was a greater choice of destinations? Does the service you get provide value for money?

Warrington Borough Council recently published its Local Bus Strategy and it wants to know what you think

You can have your say here

I know that many people have been in touch with me to express concern about withdrawals and downgrading of bus routes. This is your chance to have your say.

PLEASE NOTE: The consultation has now been extended to Sunday 30th November. Whilst you are welcome to leave comments on this page, only comments submitted to the consultation or emailed to busstrategy@warrington.gov.uk will actually be considered by the Council.


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  • commented 2014-11-28 11:15:56 +0000
    The 10C bus service from Appleton to Warrington is so poor it begs the question – why bother with Warrington given all the added harrassment when parking in town centre. Adjacent towns are much more visitor friendly and deserve support. Well done WBC & WBT – what a team !
  • commented 2014-11-10 15:24:16 +0000
    Not free but one of th few returns from council tax/rates over 35 years.

    Little need of waste collection which is’nt profittably recycled.

    Children privately schooled.

    I’m not winging beyond a few silly gaps.
  • commented 2014-11-10 12:54:49 +0000
    Thank you to everyone who has commented so far, the consultation has now been extended to Sunday 30th November. Whilst you are welcome to leave comments on this page, only comments submitted to the consultation or emailed to busstrategy@warrington.gov.uk will actually be considered by the Council.
  • commented 2014-11-09 18:39:13 +0000
    In reply ro Donald Kernott, it is called TAXES.
  • commented 2014-11-09 18:37:29 +0000
    Clean, on time, modern buses, helpful staff what more do you want and it FREE. Been on them twice this year, no problems at all.
  • commented 2014-11-08 16:17:11 +0000
    I use the buses most weeks , and I would estimate them to be 20% full ,
    So how do we change that situation as no business can operate at that level of use
    The question should be how do encourage more to use the service then it will become more viable to increase routes and frequency etc
  • commented 2014-11-08 16:09:31 +0000
    Yes Richard we have more or less reliable times and clean buses. That’s not hard when most of the services have been withdrawn, is it? That’s NOT on your so called ‘distant’ routes, its on local Warrington services which we used to use regularly. Perhaps you need to read the comments of people within Warrington who were regular users who now cannot get to college/work. At no time was the helpfulness and behaviour of the staff in question. They do their best.
  • commented 2014-11-08 15:42:46 +0000
    There are 2 issues local bus routes and distant bus routes. ie knutsford , Liverpool etc
    I don’t think anyone can be concerned about local service clean buses,helpful staff , reliable times

    Distant buses could require more discussion
  • commented 2014-11-08 15:02:34 +0000
    Little experience.
  • commented 2014-11-08 14:05:08 +0000
    You are entitled to your opinion, just as I am mine Brian. A ‘rare user’ has the same rights as someone who comments here on a more frequent basis. Lest we forget that people died/are dying to allow other to express themselves without fear of persecution.
    I’m pleased you find the local transport system suitable for your needs, but there is no need to criticise those who have a different experience.
  • commented 2014-11-08 12:50:00 +0000
    There appears to be an inclinasion among rare uesers to criticise what they know little of:-(

    I use public transport several times most days and have few complaints beyond lack of services imposed by authorities.

    I really have little choice since a very weak heart means I will never drive again.
  • commented 2014-11-07 21:25:36 +0000
    Personally, I rarely use public transport due to my job; I’m lucky enough to be able to run a car, and the nature of my job means I have to fly throughout Europe. However, the cost of a student bus pass for my 12yo niece is OUTRAGEOUS! The cost had increased by nearly 70% when her parents tried to renew it for the start of the school year. I understand that prices have gone up, but SERIOUSLY?!?! I expect a small increase, maybe 10-15% to cover increased costs, but this just screamed of profiteering. Apparently, ‘government funding’ had decreased. So much for trying to reduce congestion on the roads with totally unjustifiable price rises like this. From the rest of the comments on here too, it seems the public transport really isn’t providing a service full stop, let alone one that gives any sort of value for money.
  • commented 2014-11-07 14:37:39 +0000
    I hope you’re getting the message David
  • commented 2014-11-07 13:17:19 +0000
    There is now NO public transport between Warrington and Knutsford!

    Bus or train
  • commented 2014-11-06 17:35:53 +0000
    I live in Thelwall and used to use the 37/38 in the evenings, but now there are no number 5 buses beyond 7pm. When we did have Warrington coachways providing the ‘service’ it was so bad (reliability and punctuality) that most people stopped using it. Brian Davies
  • commented 2014-11-05 20:44:42 +0000
    The last bus down Rushgreen Road, Lymm (no. 5) leaves Warrington for Altrincham at 7 o’clock. The last one in the opposite direction leaves Altrincham at 6-39. The weekend service terminates even earlier. This is not satisfactory. The solution is to re-instate the service in full which was formerly delivered by the number 38. A public service should be a service for everyone
  • commented 2014-11-05 20:44:42 +0000
    The last bus down Rushgreen Road, Lymm (no. 5) leaves Warrington for Altrincham at 7 o’clock. The last one in the opposite direction leaves Altrincham at 6-39. The weekend service terminates even earlier. This is not satisfactory. The solution is to re-instate the service in full which was formerly delivered by the number 38. A public service should be a service for everyone
  • commented 2014-11-05 10:11:26 +0000
    I live in Lymm and I think a bus to Warrington and Altrincham every 30 mins during the day is a very good service. I find the buses are clean, and the drivers very friendly.
  • commented 2014-11-05 07:25:17 +0000
    i and my daughter use the bus regularly as our only transport to work….here bus pass was one of the ones that increased by £30+ a month due to the withdrawal of the Warrington town pass….which is appalling….I used to wait for the 331 bus after work at 5.30 together with 4 or 5 others who for mobility reasons waiting for this bus…this has now been withdrawn, and the 31 stops servicing the clifford road estate around 3pm ish, this seems like putting a curfew on when people from that estate that have mobilty problems can go out and about…the bus pass prices need looking at again, and so does the 1 route….i tend to use arriva as its cheaper and more frequent…
  • commented 2014-11-04 19:53:34 +0000
    Two weeks my wife and i decided to go into manchester to do some shopping, it was on a Saturday morning so we go the bus from Dallam to Central Station.
    the journey cost £2.50 each
    A taxi journey for four people from my front door the following week to Central station cost £4.70
    The train journey to Manchester from Warrington cost £13.00 return
    im sorry but the bus journey is not value for money and not something that i will be doing again
  • commented 2014-11-04 19:45:48 +0000
    It is very simple if more people use the bus service , more buses and routes will be provided . The answer is in the hands of the people of Warrington . The standard of network buses , the efficiency of the staff is excellent.
    There are many towns in the country that deliver very poor standards of public transport, unreliable buses, dirty , and not regular.

    So please encourage your family friends neighbours to use the bus service as a first option.
  • commented 2014-11-04 19:16:55 +0000
    Punctuality of buses very poor . Lack of buses early morning evenings and weekends particularly Sundays . Lack of information at bus stops and bus stations . Poor knowledge of routes on the part of drivers particularly and even some information staff . Dissapointing all round . Considerable room for provement .
  • commented 2014-11-04 18:39:35 +0000
    It is awful. Since the changes I can no longer get to college independently as the bus near me (longwood) only operates 10-3pm which is useless! I have to study in Manchester as there was no course available in Warrington. The elderly who live round there cannot visit friends in hospital as the visiting times are 2-4pm when the last bus from town to home is 3:10! This needs addressing! The fares are stupidly high as it is stop increasing them!! This bus is vital to so many people. It now goes a stupidly long route to town and we all get off at Stockton heath and catch another bus and no matter how long we wait for another bus we still beet the 10C.
    Bring by the 48!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • commented 2014-11-04 17:19:49 +0000
    Up to a point I am fairly satisfied with the bus provision on my route ( Penketh to town). However if Arriva decided to pull some of their services I would not be happy. In Penketh two stops are missed out by the 32a bus, and the 31 does the most ludicrous circuit, travelling along the stretch of road between greystone road and heath road twice on the return journey to town. Worse than that, it stops at 15.00. I am baffled by this. Also although I have a bus pass, the fares are appalling. Warrington buses are rarely on time.
  • commented 2014-11-04 17:19:49 +0000
    Up to a point I am fairly satisfied with the bus provision on my route ( Penketh to town). However if Arriva decided to pull some of their services I would not be happy. In Penketh two stops are missed out by the 32a bus, and the 31 does the most ludicrous circuit, travelling along the stretch of road between greystone road and heath road twice on the return journey to town. Worse than that, it stops at 15.00. I am baffled by this. Also although I have a bus pass, the fares are appalling. Warrington buses are rarely on time.
  • commented 2014-11-04 15:18:26 +0000
    Our local bus service is absolutely essential in Lymm. After all we have no other public transport available to us and Network Warrington seem determined to deprive us of this too. I live off Howard Avenue and on our estate there are countless older people who can no longer drive and who depend on the local bus. Without it they cannot get to Lymm, the library, the Drs etc etc. There is more and more disregard for the elderly and disabled in SOUTH Warrington and their needs to move around their locality. It is reducing the provision of transport well below that of other ‘developed’ countries ….. but no one cares or shows any responsibility its decline.
  • commented 2014-11-04 15:16:45 +0000
    I am fortunate in that I live close to Widnes road in Penketh and so have a choice between Arriva and Warrington BC buses. Frankly the service from Arriva in terms of frequency and running times is far better. Additionaly the WBC routes are somewhat tortuous. I used to live in Great Sankey and some of the recent changes appear retrograde steps. Additionaly they say they are short of money but appear to have a policy of not gaining revenue by commercial advertising on WBC buses. This has to be a political stance and in my opinion has no place in runnning a cost effective public service.
  • commented 2014-11-04 14:35:37 +0000
    My mother in law can no longer get a bus from Grappenhall into Warrington because she can’t walk to the bus stops on Chester Road. She used to walk through the park from Bellhouse Lane to Shadewood Road but that bus stop has now been closed. She is now totally dependant on taxis.
  • commented 2014-11-04 14:31:10 +0000
    Thank you to everyone who has posted a comment. Please do make sure that you have completed the consultation as well or emailed a copy of your comment to busstrategy@warrington.gov.uk to make sure that your opinions form part of the consultation.
  • commented 2014-11-04 14:21:37 +0000
    The bus service from warrington to lymm is atrocious. We have lost 3 services and trying to get from lymm to warrington is an absolute nightmare. This does not only make it difficult for pensioners who use the buses but for people such as myself trying to get to work in the town centre. Something should be done about this situation and soon. Not everybody has the luxury of being able to drive.