The new and direct bus service designed to transport commuters in and around Crewe has been hailed a success after notching up 25,000 passenger journeys in just four months.
The new fleet runs every 15 minutes and is designed to complement existing services to employment sites in and around Crewe.
The one1ink is an affordable, luxury service launched in partnership with local transport company D&G Buses. The buses boast leather seats, free wi-fi, CCTV and low-floor access.
Funded by the Department for Transport, the service is designed to make it easier for those with or without their own transport to access employment as well as strengthen links between the industrial estates and MMU and retail areas in the centre of Crewe.
Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “Twenty five thousand passenger journeys in just four months is a strong indication that this new fleet of buses are just what people in Crewe need.
“We knew the bus service was going to be popular but this level of interest is very encouraging.
“We would urge anyone who normally drives to work to give it a go and help improve the environment.”
The one1ink bus service was launched as part of the ‘All Change for Crewe’ initiative, promoting Crewe as an environmentally-sustainable place to live and work for the future.
It’s also part of a bigger plan to unlock Crewe’s excellent economic potential by 2030 and develop efficient transport links.
It 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.
New bus stops have just been added on Macon Way and Weston Road, closer to the rail station, to create better links for those also using the train as part of their daily commute.
Regular travellers on ‘one1ink’ benefit from special value-for-money tickets as follows:
• one day for £2.50;
• one week for £9; and
• one month for £30.
D&G’ ‘Rover’ season tickets and daily, weekly and monthly tickets from Arriva, Bakerbus, First and GHA are also valid on one1ink.
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 £3.5m through the fund to implement a range of sustainable transport measures in Crewe, of which the new bus service is the first.
For more information on one1ink, visit www.allchangeforcrewe.co.uk/bus or follow @CECTransport on Twitter.