Recent months have seen bus travel in Warrington go from strength to strength with £1 child and £2 adult capped fares, free concessionary pass travel at any time of the day, and enhanced timetables.
Now, the council is driving forward with even more major improvements to services, with the introduction of six new routes.
The improvements support the ongoing work to make bus travel more accessible for everyone, with the new routes funded through the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), which is using £16m in government funding to transform bus services, improve timetables and reduce fares.
The new routes from September are:
- 23 MD Bus & Coach service from Warrington Town Centre to Orange Grove/Avery Close via Orford Jubilee Hub and Ryfields retirement village - from Monday 4 September
- 31, 31A and 33 MD Bus & Coach service (Honiton Way Shops Circulars and Penketh to Westbrook/Gemini Retail Park) - from Monday 25 September
- 47 Omega Busways service (Warrington Bus Interchange to Statham via Stockton Heath) - from Monday 25 September
- 10 Omega Busways service (Warrington Bus Interchange to Stretton via Walton Gardens, Daresbury Science Park and Hatton) - from Monday 25 September
- 24 Warrington's Own Buses service (Woolston to Birchwood) - from Monday 25 September
- B29 MD Bus & Coach service (Burtonwood to Westbrook/Gemini Retail Park via Omega South) - from Monday 25 September
Even more new routes, which will be rolled out in October, will also be announced shortly.
The latest figures show that the improvements being made across the board are having a big impact and tempting passengers back onto the bus. Over the past six months, bus passenger figures were up by 13% compared to the same period last year.
Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for transport, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “We want to make bus travel as attractive and affordable as possible, so that many more people use the bus on a daily basis. These latest improvements are part of this work.
“I’m delighted these new services are launching this Autumn, providing even more choice for local people travelling in and around the borough. It’s a great example of how we are investing in the future of our bus services.
“The improvements we are making are having a real impact, with passenger numbers up and confidence continuing to increase in bus travel as a reliable, punctual and convenient travel option.
To find out more about the Better By Bus scheme, visit: warrington.gov.uk/better-by-bus.