But before you get too excited, kindly read on
For the first time since September 2004, there will be a 400 service operating from Oldham. However, passengers anticipating the return of the Trans-Lancs Express service from Bolton to Stockport and Manchester Airport should consider themselves disappointed.
Instead, the number 400 has been allocated by Transport for Greater Manchester for Oldham’s Metroshuttle service, which began operations yesterday (30 July 2012). The circular service will operate between 0930 and 1600 seven days a week, including Bank Holidays.
Operated by Manchester Community Transport, it aims to link Oldhamers with the temporary Metrolink station at Oldham Mumps from the bus station on Cheapside (Stand C) via St. Mary’s Way and Yorkshire Street. From Oldham Mumps, it returns to the bus station via Oldham Way and Manchester Street. With recent news over personal security issues at the stop, it aims to assuage these. Furthermore, it is a viable alternative to the longish walk in to the town centre for Metrolink passengers.
The service is sponsored by Transport for Greater Manchester and Oldham Council, operating every half hour. It is one of three Metroshuttle free bus services operated outside Manchester city centre. The other two outside Manchester are the 300 in Stockport and the 500 in Bolton.
East of the M60 took a trip along the new Metroshuttle service today, so we shall round off this post with a few mementoes of our journey.
S.V., 31 July 2012.