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Bus route links Ellesmere Port attractions seven days a week
Ellesmere Port’s supported bus service 36 is now running seven days a week.
The route has increased from an hourly to a half hourly service with a new Sunday and Bank Holiday service linking Ellesmere Port Railway Station to the town centre and to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.
The increased 36 service on weekdays (Mon-Sat) will connect with Merseyrail’s half hourly services arriving from Liverpool between 7am and 7.30pm throughout the day.
The enhanced Sunday and Bank Holiday service will operate between 10am and 3.30pm connecting to Merseyrail’s half hourly services.
And the improved bus services will link Ellesmere Port Railway Station and the town centre with Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, the Coliseum, M&S and the Blue Planet Aquarium. The opening of the largest M&S outside London has added another major attraction to Ellesmere Port and now there is an alternative to the car to visit all four.
Service 36 operated by GHA Coaches continues from Ellesmere Port to Helsby, Frodsham and Runcorn.
Said Executive Member for Community and Environment, Councillor Lynn Riley: “The enhanced service will provide a viable ‘greener’ alternative for both residents and visitors travelling by train from Liverpool and other Merseyrail destinations, as well as a more flexible service to the increasing number of jobs in and around Ellesmere Port.
“Initiatives like this are more than simple transport improvements, and open doors to our stated commitment to improving economic prosperity and access to work across the borough and sub-region.”
The service has been made possible through the Council’s ’Connect to Jobs’ programme funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
This is one of many initiatives to provide more sustainable means of travel around the Borough.
Ellesmere Port Councillor Justin Madders said: “I am sure that this enhancement to the bus service will be very much welcomed by local people and visitors.
“It has been a long stated aim that we need to have better public transport connections between the station, town centre and Cheshire Oaks.
“Apart from making it easier for people to access employment opportunities it will also hopefully encourage those visiting Cheshire Oaks to stop off in the town centre as well”.
Added Sheena Holland, an environment champion (Plan A) Marks and Spencer: “M&S Cheshire Oaks is delighted about the enhancements to local public transport. We’re the biggest, greenest M&S and we really hope that our shoppers make the most of this great new service”.
Merseyrail has worked closely with the Council, and Maarten Spaargaren, managing director of the company, said: “This is a great example of effective collaboration between private business and public services to promote integrated transport for the overall good of both the travelling public and the local economy.
“We are delighted that Merseyrail passengers now have access to a more frequent bus service, allowing them to get to Cheshire Oaks quicker and easier than ever before.”
Further details about this and other services are available from the Traveline Tel: 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network charges).