A NUMBER of bus services have been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Bus operators have reviewed some local services and the frequency based on the number of passengers currently travelling and the availability of drivers. The aim is to ensure that buses are available where they are needed most.

The frequency of buses is also being reviewed constantly in light of the Government's ongoing advice and recommendations to avoid travelling unless it is essential.

Bus services continue to operate on many routes to assist key workers and ensure communities can access critical services.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has also lifted the timing restrictions on travel for concessionary bus pass holders before 9.30am, to support vulnerable members of the community to get food and essential supplies during the early morning protected shopping hours.

Councillor Karen Shore, deputy leader and the cabinet member for environment, said: “If you have to travel please check the time of your bus before setting out and where possible please buy tickets online or use contactless payments to help stop the spread of the virus. Where this is not possible please wash your hands before and after travelling.”

Services in Cheshire West and Chester currently affected are:

Aintree Coachline have suspended all of their services until April 13 2020.

• Chester City Rail Link

• 41/41a/41b Whitchurch/Tattenhall to Chester

• 40 City Rail Link

• 272 Ellesmere Port to Neston via Willaston

Warrington’s Own Buses have cancelled the following service:

• 9A Northwich- Barnton to Warrington

Stagecoach has introduced several temporary changes. The following services are no longer operating and other services are operating under further reduced frequencies or durations.

• 8 Chester – Vicars Cross- Pipers Ash

• 200 Shopper Hopper

• X30 Chester to Frodsham

• Park & Ride PR1 and PR2

• Chester City Sightseeing Tour

Arriva have introduced temporary service revisions and have cancelled the following services. Other services are operating under further reduced frequencies or durations:

• 10a Chester- Sealand Road- Connahs Quay- Flint

• 15 Chester- Blacon- Saughall

• 29B Northwich to Leftwich Estate

• X29 Winsford to Northwich

• 31 Northwich - Winsford – Crewe via Leighton Hospital

• 37 Winsford – Middlewich – Sandbach – Crewe

• 84 Chester - Vicars Cross - Kelsall - Tarvin - Nantwich – Crewe (Sunday service

The information is subject to change and some services will see further changes from tomorrow (Sunday, April 5). Passengers should visit the bus operator websites or social media pages for the most up to date information.