Retiming order of the day instead of radical changes to network
Our first set of changes for the New Year is a mere tinkering at the edges with bus’ biggest competitor, the motor car, its main problem. As a consequence, this season’s set of changes are mainly light tweaks to timetables, most of which slight extensions to peak hour journeys.
First Greater Manchester routes:
Over the last six months, the 409 route had till recently been diverted via Oldham Way with extended journey times factored in to ensure sound timekeeping. Owing to the service being back on its more normal route, journey times will be speeded up a little.
In Saddleworth, Monday to Friday peak hour journeys on the 184 will be retimed to improve connections at Greenfield station. A most welcome development I would say, but sometimes, crossing the A669 towards the railway station can be a pain in the rear end.
Returning to the subject of rectal discomforts, passengers who board the 1720 Oldham – Dukinfield (Albion Hotel) 343 service beyond Mossley railway station await the option of a more antediluvian journey, or an extra half hour’s wait for Stott’s of Oldham’s 1750 [Oldham – Hyde] journey. The 1720’s terminus will be altered to Mossley railway station, thus meaning Micklehurst passengers would have to change for a 350 or walk the rest of the journey instead of waiting another 30 minutes.
Stagecoach Manchester routes:
Nothing major is set to affect Stagecoach Manchester’s routes in the Tameside area. Most of the retiming affects Hyde Road routes 204, 206 and 207. The former’s 0736 Manchester bound journey from Hyde will be allowed extra journey time. On the 206, the 0717 Piccadilly – Gee Cross journey will depart at 0705, whereas the 0717 207 from Gee Cross will again depart at 0705. An extra peak hour journey on the 206 from Piccadilly to Gorton will be introduced, leaving at 0725.
Changes to running times will also apply on weekday morning peak journeys of the 236 and 237. Though journey extensions have been flavour of the month, one route has had a journey extension restored. The 231 service’s 1854 journey from Littlemoss to Piccadilly will be extended to depart from Ashton-under-Lyne at 1824.
32 years since its original launch, the Wayfarer ticket has gone into the electronic age. As well as Transport for Greater Manchester Travelshops and staffed railway stations throughout Greater Manchester, its range of outlets have been extended. From this week, you can also purchase a Wayfarer ticket from any shop or Post Office with a PayPoint sign.
As of before, the ticket is valid after 0930 on weekdays (at all times weekends and Bank Holidays) aboard trains and trams with all day travel aboard local buses. There has also been a modest £1.00 increase on last year’s prices, with adult Wayfarer tickets priced £11.00. Group Wayfarers are £21.00 with concessionary Wayfarer tickets priced at £6.00.
So, will the self-validating scratch card’s days be numbered?
S.V., 15 January 2013.