Neston Town Council was concerned to hear of the sudden withdrawal of the 22 bus service to and from Chester that occurred today, 5th October 2018, as a result of the provider ceasing to trade. Neston Town Council only received information on this service withdrawal today and we are disappointed that the provider did not inform its customers that this change was imminent.
However, Neston Town Council understands that Stagecoach is taking over this service from Monday 8th October, on the same timetable, which has the potential to reduce fares and improve the service as they are a major provider and offer ticket concessions.
Members of the public who wish to travel from Neston to Chester over the weekend have two public transport alternatives – take the 487 bus to Spital or Port Sunlight and catch the train from there, or take the train from Neston to Shotton and change there for the Chester trains – this option often involves a long wait and the Chester bound platform is not easily accessible for those with heavy luggage, pushchairs or limited mobility. Please also be aware that Merseyrail have changes to their service over the weekend due to the Giants event in Liverpool and New Brighton. Please check services before travelling.
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Neston Town Council will consider the adoption of the Neston Transport Charter, that suggests an improved 22 service, at its full council meeting on the 9th October and it would welcome the attendance of members of the public who can express their views during the open comment session at the beginning of the meeting that commences at 6.30pm in the Town Hall.
Phil Lloyd, Chair of the Transport Working Group, said, “This is a worrying development in local bus services and we welcome the timely action to restore the service. We look forward to discussing the future of this and other routes with Cheshire West and Chester Council with a view to establishing a stable and reliable bus services in due course”.