3. Another state of the art hybrid engined Optare Versa
Following on from yesterday’s Optare Versa, here’s one in one of the three route branded liveries. Metroshuttle 3 starts at Manchester Piccadilly, Station Approach, serving the Spinningfields complex and Salford Central railway station. This service operates every 10 minutes from 0700 – 1900, Monday to Friday, starting a hour later on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.
Bus Route of Christmas Past: one time independent company Stuart’s Bus and Coach operated a half hourly 3 service from Tameside General Hospital to Hattersley, via Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield (Town Hall) and Hyde. The service outlived the demise of the said company transferring to Stagecoach Manchester under that number. In 1998, they were renumbered 398 and 399 beginning at Ashton-under-Lyne and continuing beyond Hattersley to Glossop. Tameside General Hospital was served by half hourly extensions of the 330 (Ashton – Stockport) route.
Bus Route of Christmas Present: It would have been most lazy to opt for Metroshuttle 3 as a BRoCPres. Instead I have opted for another number 3 route in the UK: the popular Morecambe to Lancaster University service via Torrisholme. Operated by Stagecoach North West (hitherto Stagecoach Lancaster and Lancaster City Transport), the full service operates every half hour with further part route journeys from Lancaster Bus Station to the university on term times. An evening service runs hourly from Morecambe, Battery to Lancaster city centre. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, sister route 3A operates from Higher Heysham to Lancaster in place of the 3.
S.V., 03 December 2011