All aboard the Nightlife Express
The Nightlife Express X29 is a new bus route operated in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, between Winsford and Northwich starting on 7 April.
The services will run on Friday and Saturday evenings, with four journeys in each direction, the first leaving Winsford at 6.45pm and the last return journey from Northwich at 11.15pm.
Alison Knight, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Currently there are no services between the two towns in the evening. The new Nightlife Express fills this gap, ensuring leisure and cultural activities are available for everyone. The service provides a direct service to Northwich to access Barons Quay including the Odeon and restaurants. “The journey time between Winsford and Northwich will also be considerably faster than the normal daytime service.”
Julie Linforth, Marketing Director, Arriva North West added: “We’re delighted to be offering this new night time bus route which will enable more people to enjoy trips to the thriving new Barons Quay development. Visitors will be able to travel to and from the destination with ease of regular services, as well as very reasonable fares for couples and families.”
Andrew Elvis, General Manager of the Odeon Cinema said: “We are delighted that there will be an extra, late night bus service, allowing more people to safely enjoy the entertainment at Barons Quay.”
John Ellis Jones (Public Transport Officer, Cheshire West), Anthony Baker (Apprentice, Winsford Work Zone), Adam Yoxall (Apprentice, Winsford Work Zone), Trish Johnson (Locality Officer, Cheshire West) and Mark Wynne, General Manager (Arriva North West)
The Odeon is also offering 15 free tickets at the Barons Quay cinema for the first passengers travelling on the Nightlife Express.
Fares start from just £2.50 for the return journey or £4 for two people travelling together. A family ticket will also be available for two adults and up to three children for £6.
The service will pick up at Mount Pleasant, Over St Johns, Grange Estate, Winsford High Street and Wharton Road then non-stop to Leftwich (London Road) and onto Northwich Watling Street, a short walk from Barons Quay. The service has been scheduled around cinema times; however each film may have variable screenings.
There will be return buses leaving Northwich at 10.15pm and 11.15pm giving plenty of time to enjoy a film or a meal.
The Nightlife Express will be running a normal service on Good Friday, 14 April.