20th September 2010 - 31st October 2010

Latest details on the Northwich Nipper

Northwich has a FREE shuttle bus service connecting Northwich Rail Station with the bus interchange and town centre. The new service was launched on 20th September by Graham Evans the MP for Northwich and Councillor Steve Gough, the Mayor of Northwich, and will run for six weeks until the end of October.

The service is one of the first projects to be initiated by the new regeneration partnership for Northwich - ‘REGENERATE NORTHWICH'.

The service, affectionately known as The Northwich Nipper will run every weekday from 8.30am until 4.00pm shuttling continuously between Northwich Rail station, the bus station and the town centre.

The service will provide a quick and convenient connection for commuters, visitors and employees of businesses in the town. It will also provide a complimentary drop off and pick up service for shoppers at all of the towns major supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury, Co-op (Somerfield) and Tesco.

The pilot scheme, initiated by Regenerate Northwich, is being financed by funding from Northern Rail, Northwich Town Council and the Weaver Valley Partnership.  It is also being supported by BusyBus, the service operator.

Mike Cooksley the Chair of Regenerate Northwich said ‘When the partners came together to form the Partnership our intention was to get things done and make a difference in the town and improve things for the people of Northwich. This is the first step to doing exactly that; hopefully getting Northwich back on its feet and to be followed by a number of further initiatives and projects that will kick start the town's regeneration. This initiative demonstrates, even at a time of financial constraint and difficulties, what can be done with the support of local organisations, local people and businesses working together. It's a ‘Win Win' situation for everyone concerned, not only is there a direct benefit to the town's businesses but a real tangible benefit to commuters, visitors, shoppers and local communities. Hopefully it will assist in tackling the problem of congestion and issues around the environment by providing a quick, convenient and FREE public transport service.'

Mark Barker, Client & Stakeholder Manager for Northern Rail, who manage the station, said ‘We're extremely proud to be a partner of Regenerate Northwich. We are committed to providing sustainable transport opportunities, not only through our rail services but also in helping our passengers with their journeys to and from the station'.

Arthur Neil, CEO of Voluntary Action Vale Royal added ‘This is a great example of multi agency working. The Town Council lit the touch paper with its community engagement committee and now we have what should be a shot in the arm for the town supported by public, private and voluntary sectors. Let's hope it's just the first of many successful new initiatives for Northwich.'

Northwich MP, Graham Evans commented 'This really is fantastic news for Northwich. This new free service will not only provide a big boost for local business, but it will make the lives of commuters much easier. I hope that this is the first of many great initiatives from Regenerate Northwich to help our area become an even better place to live, work and shop.'


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