Spring Bus Network Changes

Network Warrington is making revisions to your bus network this spring – including new services to and from Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan and the introduction of The Cheshire Cat.

The proposed changes will be introduced from Sunday 8 April.

The full list of changes is as follows:

  • High frequency buses, up to every 10 minutes, Warrington to Stockton Heath via Priestley College
  • A new frequent link to Warrington Bank Quay
  • New 360 connection to Wigan under contract to TfGM
  • Revisions and re-timings to a small number of other services

South Warrington – the Cheshire Cat

Following consultation with customers and residents in south Warrington, there will be a new high frequency service between Warrington Interchange, Warrington Bank Quay, Priestley College and Stockton Heath and will be branded as The Cheshire Cat.  Services 35, 45 and 46 will be renumbered and there will be some route alterations.

  • Cat 5: Warrington – Lymm – Altrincham via Dunham Massey
  • Cat 5A: Warrington – Lymm – Altrincham via Partington

These services combine to provide two buses an hour to Lymm and Thelwall.

Other new services as part of the Cheshire Cat network are:

  • Cat 6: Warrington – Cobbs Estate – Grappenhall and Ackers Road but will no longer operate via Stockport Road loop
  • Cat 7 and Cat 8: operating as the current 7 and 8 services to Appleton Thorn.
  • Cat 9 and Cat 9A: operating as the current services 45 and 46 to Northwich.

All new Cheshire Cat services will be provided by a brand new bus fleet which will include improved seating, Wi-Fi and USB charging.  Punctuality improvement measures are being implemented at this time.

Warrington Bank Quay

Bank Quay Station is an important gateway to the town but currently doesn't have a regular bus service.

From 9 April Cheshire Cat services will stop at Bank Quay Station every 10 minutes.  The service will operate as part of the Cheshire Cat network via Centre Park.

This new bus service means that our 2 main railway stations have a public transport link, as well as linking the town centre and south Warrington.

Rail passengers will be able to pay in the usual way or ask for a Warrington ‘Plus Bus’ add-on when they book their rail ticket and the cost of this will be added to the train fare. New bus stops will be situated close to the station.

Ben Wakerley, Managing Director at Network Warrington, said: “We’re delighted to introduce these latest service improvements.

“We are grateful to all the residents who braved the elements last night to come along to the Cheshire Cat roadshow at Stockton Heath and we were pleased to hear some really positive feedback about the proposed changes.

Timetable changes to other services

Further changes to be introduced on 8 April are:

  • Service 23 will be changed to a revised Service 25, which will be diverted via Cinnamon Brow.
  • Service 25 will have a revised timetable, with peak journeys being retimed
  • The 11 and 12 will continue to operate at ‘off peak’ times, with peak time services available via the new Cheshire Cat on Wilderspool Causeway

Updated bus timetables will be issued in due course.

Ben added:  “The Cheshire Cat launch follows improvements we have started to make in the north and we plan to continue to improve bus travel across the town.  For those that have a car, we urge them to leave the car at home if they can and give buses a try as buses are the solution to traffic congestion taking so many cars off the road – they are also comfortable, with new features and linking up the key parts of the town. 

“We are determined to improve your bus service in all its aspects and we will have more news to come.

Last updated: 2nd March 2018

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