Droylsdonians have had their fill of bad news this year. Therefore, East of the M60 has the great pleasure of announcing some good news.
The East Manchester Line, originally scheduled for opening up to Droylsden on our so called summer, will open on the 11 February 2013. This was announced by Councillor Kieran Quinn at a council meeting tonight. As a ‘thank you’ for putting up with the delays for so long, residents and schoolchildren will be given three days worth of free travel.
The new line includes stops at Edge Lane, Clayton and the Etihad Stadium offering Droylsdonians a limited stop alternative to the 216 and 231 services. It is expected that the second part of the East Manchester Line from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne will be completed by Winter 2014, though East of the M60 thinks Summer or Autumn 2014 may be more realistic.
The work has caused much disruption among residents and businesses incensed at the slow speed of its construction. In the middle of next year, we shall see if the East Manchester Line was worth waiting for.
S.V., 04 December 2012.