Christmas 2013 and New Year’s Day 2014 Bus and Tram Services in Tameside

Christmas and New Year service information for bus and tram users in Tameside and surrounding area

Dennis Dart SLF, First Greater Manchester R245 SBA, Oldham bus station
Apologies for the fact this vehicle is photographed in Oldham almost a month after Christmas 2012. Still, the snowy backdrop could make for a good Christmas card though.

Is it really that time of the year again? Yes indeed. As with 2012/2013, East of the M60 brings you the Christmas schedule which matter the most, at least for us bus and tram users. Yes, the Christmas and New Year bus and tram schedules in the Tameside area.

In addition to the 216’s and 219’s Boxing Day and New Year’s Day journeys, we are happy to announce that Metrolink will also be running on the East Manchester and Altrincham lines.

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Bus Service Summary:

23, 27, 30 December and 02, 03 January: normal weekday service, ran to summer holiday schedules on Stagecoach Manchester routes. Saturday service on 27 and 30 December plus extra morning peak hour journeys on some services operated by First Greater Manchester.

Christmas Eve: weekday services, enhanced Saturday service or standard Saturday service with most routes finishing around 1800 hours. Some may continue till 1900 or 2000 hours.

Christmas Day: no service outside Manchester City Council boundaries, where only service in operation is the 43 from Manchester to Manchester Airport (hourly timetable: 0805 – 1905 southbound, 0910 – 2010 northbound).

Boxing Day: some trunk routes may be in operation throughout Greater Manchester. In Tameside, it has been confirmed by First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester that the following services in operation will be:

  • 201 (Piccadilly – Hattersley): every half hour from 0831 to 2101 hours, eastbound; 0727 to 1957 hours, westbound;
  • 204 (Piccadilly – Haughton Green – Hyde): every half hour from 0821 to 2051 hours, eastbound; 0729 to 1959 hours, westbound;
  • 216 (Piccadilly – Droylsden – Ashton-under-Lyne): every 20 minutes from 0840 to 2100 hours, eastbound; 0840 to 2020 hours, westbound;
  • 219 (Piccadilly – Higher Openshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne): every 20 minutes from 0850 to 2110 hours, eastbound; 0850 to 2030 hours, westbound;
  • 330 (Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Hyde – Stockport): every half hour from 0910 to 1710, southbound; 0925 to 1725, northbound;
  • 409 (Ashton-under-Lyne – Rochdale): every 30 minutes from 0835 to 1735 northbound; 0835 to 1705 southbound.

28 December 2013: standard Saturday service.

29 December 2013: standard Sunday service.

New Year’s Eve: weekday services, enhanced Saturday service or standard Saturday service with most routes finishing around 1800 hours. Some may continue till 1900 or 2000 hours.

Stagecoach Manchester will also be operating a number of night buses (special fares apply). In Tameside, the following Night Services will be the:

  • 201 (Piccadilly – Hyde): every hour from 1916 to 2316 then 0116 to 0316, westbound: 1930 to 2230 then 0030 to 0330, eastbound.
  • 216 (Piccadilly – Droylsden – Ashton-under-Lyne): every hour from 2000 to 2300 hours then 0130 to 0330, westbound: 1930 to 2230 hours then 0100 to 0400, eastbound;
  • 219 (Piccadilly – Higher Openshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne): every hour from 2030 to 2330 hours then 0100 to 0300, westbound: 2000 to 2300 hours then 0030 to 0330, eastbound.

New Year’s Day 2014: no services. In Tameside, these are the following routes which will be operated by Stagecoach Manchester:

  • 201 (Piccadilly – Hattersley): every half hour from 1050 to 1820, eastbound: 0951 to 1721, westbound.
  • 216 (Piccadilly – Droylsden – Ashton-under-Lyne): every half hour from 1055 to 1825 hours, eastbound: 1005 to 1735 hours, westbound;
  • 219 (Piccadilly – Higher Openshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne): every half hour from 1040 to 1810 hours, eastbound: 1020 to 1750 hours, westbound.

02 January 2013: normal services resume on most routes.

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Metrolink Service Summary:

23 December: normal weekday service.

Christmas Eve: normal weekday service till 2100 hours.

Christmas Day: no trams.

Boxing Day: Saturday service till 2200 hours.

27, 28, 30 December: normal Saturday service.

New Year’s Eve: normal Saturday service.

New Year’s Day: Sunday service, between 0900 and 2100 hours.

02 January 2014: normal weekday services resume.

Please note that double trams will be in operation on the East Manchester Line [Ashton-under-Lyne – Bury services] from the 27 – 31 December 2013, and on New Year’s Day. This is owing to engineering works on the Manchester Victoria – Stalybridge line affecting Northern Rail’s services.

Football Fixture Strengthenings:

There will also be some double trams operating between Victoria and Etihad Campus to allow for a Manchester City home match versus Crystal Palace on the 28 December (k.o. 1500). Double trams will also be available between Altrincham and Manchester on New Year’s Day, catering for Manchester United’s home fixture versus Tottenham Hotspur (k.o.: 1730).

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Metroshuttle:

Services 1 and 2 will operate a Sunday service on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Normal operations will apply to Metroshuttles 1, 2 and 3 with early finishes on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. No Boxing Day and New Year’s Day services will be available on Metroshuttle 300 (Stockport) and 400 (Oldham) services. There will also be no Christmas Day service on all Metroshuttle routes.

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Important Numbers:

If you have any queries, it may be worth telephoning your local operator as well as using Traveline’s service [0871 200 2233] or the internet to plan your journey with. The telephone numbers are as follows:

  • First Greater Manchester: 0845 788 1155 (local rates, Monday – Friday during office hours) or 0161 627 2929;
  • Stagecoach in Manchester: 0161 273 3377;
  • JPT Travel: 0161 643 4182;
  • Stott’s Tours (Oldham) Ltd: 0161 624 4200;
  • Bluebird Bus and Coach: 0844 504 0144;
  • Checkmate Coaches: 01457 833040;
  • Manchester Community Transport: 0161 946 9255.

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Finally…

As always, If there’s any additions to the above article, feel free to add them to this post.

S.V., 05 December 2013.

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