Neston Town Council is calling on Cheshire West & Chester Council to commit to funding bus services in the town to improve access to and from work.
At its meeting on Tuesday the Council heard that although Avon Buses had taken over the route to Chester and Heswall, it was having to do so as a commercial service with no subsidy. The town has again been left with no links for workers to get to Chester before 8.22 and to Heswall and beyond the first bus does not leave Neston until after 9.00.
Proposing the motion, Cllr Mike Shipman said that Avon would be willing to add an extra early service to Chester and Heswall, but that the cost would be £18,000 in a full year, beyond the resources of the Town Council.
The Council noted that in past years First Group, Arriva, Helms and now Stagecoach had all failed to maintain the route.
Cllr Phil Lloyd, who chairs the Council’s Transport group, said he had the feeling that transport problems were the main issue in the local elections in May, yet since then matters had actually got worse. He said there was a complete lack of any strategic vision for Neston transport, and the Town Council had to work to put that right. Neston was four miles away from a frequent, fast, electrified line linking Ellesmere Port, Chester, Liverpool and north Wirral, yet Hooton station did not seem to feature in CWaC thinking, other than for car owners.
The motion, seconded by Cllr Adam Cray, was approved unanimously:
That this Council, recognising that Avon Buses have stepped in to provide a continuing commercial bus service between Neston and Chester and Heswall following the withdrawal of the commercial and loss-making service operated by Stagecoach, and aware of the need to improve access to work by public transport, calls upon Cheshire West and Chester Council to provide funding to allow public transport provider to facilitate early morning services to both Chester and Heswall. The Council also requests its Transport Group to develop proposals for a strategic solution to Neston’s public transport needs that integrate rail and bus provision.
Neston Town Council
Neston CH64 9TR
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