A new bus service has been launched in Crewe this week.
Operated by D & G Buses, the ‘oneLink’ service is designed to make it easier for people to get to and from work and into the town centre.
It is all part of attempts to unlock Crewe’s excellent economic potential by 2030 and developing efficient transport links is a key part of this strategy.
The service started on Monday (January 7) and operates across the town from Bentley Motors to Crewe Business Park, providing a regular 15-minute daytime service from Monday to Saturday.
On the way, it links residential areas in the north-west of Crewe with the town centre, Grand Junction Retail Park and Crewe Gates Industrial Estate.
Regular travellers on ‘oneLink’ will benefit from special value-for-money tickets:
· oneDay for £2.50;
· oneWeek for £9; and
· oneMonth for £30.
D & G Buses’ ‘Rover’ season tickets are also valid on ‘oneLink’.
In March, a brand new fleet of high-specification buses is to be introduced with more comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi access.
Central Government funding for the service was achieved through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). The Council has been awarded more than £3.5 million through the fund to implement a range of sustainable transport measures in Crewe, of which the new bus service is the first.
D & G’s contract will run until March 31, 2015.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is more excellent news for Crewe and further proof that we are delivering in the town. It is just one of a number of initiatives to be introduced over the next few months designed to change the way people can get around Crewe.
“The long-term aim is to secure the financial sustainability of the service to support and enable long term growth and job creation through the All Change for Crewe programme.
“D & G is keen to explore commercial opportunities and work with the Council to sustain the service beyond the funding period and enable the longer term growth of Crewe.
“I now hope people will make use of this excellent service.”
For more information on oneLink, visit www.allchangeforcrewe.co.uk/bus