23. The Bus to Big Buddha Is Watching You
We ought to be thankful for the fact that our bus stations in Greater Manchester have better information displays than this. Route 23 is denoted by a laminated sheet of A4 paper. From a mile off, you can tell they’ve used Microsoft Word for this sign.
Bus Route of Christmas Past: The short 23 service from Oldham Town Hall to Alt Estate. It became part of the 423 route which at one time continued to Fitton Hill. Today, Alt Estate is served by some journeys on the 408 route and the 425 service from Fitton Hill via Oldham bus station.
Bus Route of Christmas Present: The number 23 featured on this bus stand goes from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping for the Po Lin Monastry. It is operated by the New Lantau Bus company. Closer to home, the 23 is also operated by Stagecoach Manchester from Stockport to The Trafford Centre via Heaton Mersey, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Stretford and Urmston. It operates every half hour with sister route 23A avoiding Urmston in favour of Lostock. The evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday service operates hourly with its sister route doing the same.
S.V., 23 December 2011