Slight fare increases come in to effect on Easter Sunday

Dennis Dart SLF, Stagecoach Manchester X739 JCS, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Given their recent acquisitions – of new buses as well as territories – a fares increase, even against First Greater Manchester’s recent news was inevitable. Dennis Dart SLF X739 JCS is seen here loading at Piccadilly Gardens.
  • Single fares up 10p (5p for children);
  • Megarider up 50p to £12.50;
  • Online monthly Megarider up to £46.00 – and same price as bought-on-the-bus equivalent;
  • Night bus fares up to £3.00;
  • Stagecoach Wigan and former Bluebird routes fares unaffected.

With effect from the 31 March 2013 [Easter Sunday], Stagecoach Manchester will be adding 10p on to single fares. This move, besides covering the day-to-day running costs, probably covers their company’s recent acquisitions. Therefore, the single fare on their 346 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Dukinfield (Albion Hotel up to Yew Tree Lane/Cheetham Hill Road) will be £2.20 (or £1.10 for under-16s). Even with increases, their maximum single fare will be cheaper than First Greater Manchester’s.

Its DayRider ticket will rise 10p, reaching the psychologically sensitive £4.00 mark. By the 07 April, after First Greater Manchester’s fare reviews, Stagecoach Manchester’s DayRider price will equal its Oldham rival’s ticket (though without a nice journey to Huddersfield). The weekly Manchester Megarider is set to rise by 50p to £12.50. Previous increases of the popular weekly ticket have been pegged at 50p per year, but the addition of Wigan and Bluebird’s operations will make the Manchester Megarider ticket an even better value purchase than a year ago.

Purchasers of the online version of the 28 day Manchester Megarider will see their ticket rise to £46.00 – in line with the bought-on-the-bus equivalent which will reach that figure. Night Bus single fares will rise to £3.00, or £2.50 for the Magic Bus version. The Offerton Day Return ticket (for sole use on the 314 route) will rise by 20p. Dog fares will remain unchanged at £1.00. Also unaffected by the rises will be local day and season tickets for use solely on Stagecoach Wigan services, and former Bluebird routes.

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STOP PRESS: Addendum to ‘One Flew Over The Bluebird’s Nest’:

With effect from the 02 April, the 390 circular route from Glossop to Shire Hill Hospital, Old Glossop and Whitfield will see a change of operator and slight amendments to its timetable. The new operator will be High Peak, so Stagecoach’s swirls will be supplanted by the white, orange and blue of Centrebus’ livery.

S.V., 26 March 2013.

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