They Believe in Cheaper Fares and Free WiFi!

First Greater Manchester cuts day saver tickets and introduces free WiFi on trunk routes

Volvo B5HL hybrid, First Greater Manchester BN61 MWE, Church Street, Manchester
First, hybrid buses and a cross-city route. Now, free WiFi and cheaper tickets… First Greater Manchester seem to be upping their ante, given competition between other bus operators and the Metrolink.

After the 08 April, the price of travelling in North Manchester by bus could be cheaper for some passengers. First Greater Manchester, the biggest operator in North Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, and Tameside, is set to reduce the price of their day saver tickets.

From the above date, an adult FirstDay ticket will be slashed from £4.50 to £4.00. The Manchester FirstWeek season ticket will see a £5.00 reduction, from £18 to £13. 50p will be cut from the price of a child FirstWeek ticket, from £7.00 to £6.50. Though the cuts also mean a real terms reduction allowing for present inflation, they also factor in First Greater Manchester’s reduced operating area (as Wigan depot was transferred to Stagecoach in December 2012).

Besides cutting the cost of their season tickets, First Greater Manchester is set to introduce real time information and on-board WiFi. With the former, using a smartphone, portable tablet or bog standard PC, passengers can check the times of their desired 135, 346, 409 or 501. Times and running issues will be checkable via GPS. The latter will enable passengers to check their emails, send tweets and listen to obscure 1980s music. On-board GPS and WiFi will be made available on all First Greater Manchester buses by the end of this year.

In addition to this, a further 50 new single decker buses are set to arrive. Complementing last year’s arrival of 100 double decker buses, the new single deckers are set to replace ageing Dennis Dart SLFs. The forthcoming cuts to their day saver tickets follow on from their introduction of cheaper tickets for passengers inside the M60 motorway, or inside the Oldham boundary.

S.V., 23 March 2013.


4 thoughts on “They Believe in Cheaper Fares and Free WiFi!

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    1. Hi Michael,

      It seems as if First Greater Manchester have won the PR battle compared with their Yorkshire rivals. I can also reveal that Stagecoach Manchester will be upping their adult single fares by 10p. Their Megarider will rise to £12.50 and a DayRider will be £4.00.

      Bye for now,



    1. Hi Mark,

      I kid you not, and I am right in saying it is not an early April Fool’s Day joke. Stagecoach Manchester’s Day Rider will equal the price of First Greater Manchester’s ticket from Sunday 07 April (it will be 50p less than FGM’s ticket for a week before then). If you jump on a 330, you should find a cache of leaflets on the luggage caddy detailing this. I shall elaborate on Stagecoach’s fare changes in a future East of the M60 post, complementing this one.




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