Traffic conditions behind recent set of changes
- Daytime retiming of Pioneer Depot Team’s 346 journeys;
- Peak hour tweaks to 41 route;
- Route changes to 353, 354, 387 and 396.
The modern day scourge of traffic congestion and residents parking their vehicles on the kerb are the main driver towards this autumn’s service changes. Throughout Tameside, most particularly Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne, they mainly affect First Greater Manchester’s routes operated by the Pioneer Depot Team.
Rerouted via Carr Lane from Beech Avenue will be daytime journeys on the 353 and 354 routes. The lack of space for buses prompted this decision. For similar reasons, Manchester Community Transport’s 396 service will no longer serve Amos Avenue, Scotland Hall Road and Briscoe Lane at the Newton Heath end of the route. The 335 service from Denton [Town Lane] to Ashton will be rerouted at the Denton end via City Avenue, Ruby Street, Town Lane and along the full length of St. Lawrence Road.
Traffic conditions have prompted the changes for three services which operate out of Ashton bus station. There has been slight tweaks to the 41 service’s peak hour timetable, whereas the 387 will no longer serve Clarendon Road. Instead, 387s will approach Hattersley via Mottram New Road, turning left onto Halton Street before turning right onto High Street for Godley, following most of the present route thereafter.
However, the most major change of this autumn’s service changes involve the 346. At present, the daytime service of the 346 has six buses per hour from Ashton or Hyde bus stations. Bunching at the Albion Hotel stop reduces this amount to around every 20 minutes, with First Greater Manchester’s journeys either behind or in front of the Stagecoach Manchester one within a few seconds of each other. This October’s changes aim to right this wrong which has left Dukinfield passengers somewhat short changed.
With the exception of seasonal services finishing for the winter, there will be no changes for Glossopian bus users till the 24 November. These will affect passengers on the 61 service from Glossop to Buxton. High Peak is set to revise the weekday timetable a little to allow for increased traffic.
S.V., 18 October 2013.