93 bus – no room for complacency

Dear Sir, — How good it is to see that bus service 93, although it is somewhat reduced, has made a comeback to the Biddulph district.
However, its future after mid January 2019 is far from secure so there is no room to be complacent about it.
To help improve its chances of long-term survival as well as supporting Biddulph Town councillors’ bold decision to spend some of their own limited budget to co-fund its return, there is one clear answer. It is: “Use the service as much as you possibly can.”
Many passengers will, naturally, use this bus to visit Biddulph town centre for shopping trips, medical appointments at the health centre or for other reasons, but the 93 service offers more opportunities than these.
Biddulph’s other bus services (7A, 9 and 94) serve the neighbouring towns of Congleton, Tunstall, Newcastle-Under-Lyne and Hanley as well as Haywood Hospital and the Royal Stoke Hospital.
Passengers from the Biddulph Moor area could change buses either at Woodland Street or in Biddulph itself (depending on their destination) while passengers from the Gillow Heath and Pennine Way areas would make their connections in Biddulph.
It’s true that there are some limitations and it’s wise to plan a journey beforehand but most people could spend two hours or so at most of these destinations before they returned to catch the last run of the 93 bus in the early afternoon.
Then there’s some possibilities for those who enjoy the countryside.
A bus ride up to Biddulph Moor lets the bus “take the strain” and walkers could enjoy a leisurely stroll back to Biddulph assisted by gravity. An alternative is to ride to Gillow Heath where they could join the Biddulph Valley Way. The end of the trail in Congleton is not so far from there and there’s always the possibility of catching the hourly service 94 back to Biddulph.
Happy riding, everyone.
Printed bus timetables for all these services are available in Biddulph Library. — Yours faithfully,

ADRIAN LAWTON
 

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