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