Arriva North West has confirmed it will close its Winsford and Macclesfield depots on 22 April, leading to the loss of around a dozen routes in Cheshire.
The operator announced plans to end services in the Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield areas on 27 February, due to both depots being loss-making since before the pandemic.
Arriva North West had revamped its network in November 2021 in a bid to keep the services alive. However, the operator says that passengers have not returned to the same extent as comparable operations in other areas.
A spokesperson for Arriva North West Bus says: “It is with great regret we announce we are closing our Winsford and Macclesfield depots and will no longer operate any bus services in the Winsford, Northwich, Crewe and Macclesfield areas.
“Our priority throughout this process is that everything runs as smoothly as possible, for both our customers and our colleagues. We have put in place support for our colleagues through this difficult time. Arriva have been working with Cheshire East, Cheshire West on routes transitions from Arriva to new operators.”