Traffic triggers latest tranche of service revisions
- Slight change to 348’s Monday to Saturday timetable;
- Route revision to some 350 journeys.
Dear passenger: have you tried getting to Ashton-under-Lyne by road lately? To say it is awful could be an understatement unless you’re travelling after 7pm. Yours truly has resorted to reading Tolstoy between Crescent Road and Penny Meadow on the 346 as a consequence. Guess what? It is going to get worse, though the hold ups are partly due to the electrification of the ‘Old Lanky’ line. This time it is affecting Mossley Road and that’s before you mention the roadworks on BT and Asda roundabouts. Oh well…
Tameside’s set of service changes are only affecting First Greater Manchester’s services from their Dukinfield and Oldham garages. Namely the two most affected by roadworks at the BT roundabout end of Park Parade and Stamford Street.
26 October 2014 service changes
The 348 service from Ashton to Carrbrook, via Stalybridge will see some minor retimings on Monday to Saturday journeys. This is to improve reliability, something which comes as no surprise thanks to recent roadworks.
This for similar reasons is true of the 350, now affected by the closure of Mossley Road between the BT roundabout and the Albion School building. More long term changes are set to affects some of its weekday and Saturday daytime journeys.
At present, six daytime [Monday to Saturday] journeys per hour call at Hey Farm Estate. From the 27 October, this will be reduced to four per hour. The remaining two per hour will terminate at Micklehurst serving Mansfield Road and Micklehurst Road, possibly turning right at Winterford Road onto Huddersfield Road prior turning right onto Micklehurst Road.
Even so, Hey Farm Estate residents have five/six daytime buses per hour on Mondays to Saturdays, with the blow softened by late January’s change of route to the 343 service (Stott’s Tours and Stagecoach Manchester being exceptions to FirstGroup’s near monopoly). It is still better than the 1996 timetable where 350s operated every 20 minutes. Today’s full length route to Saddleworth and Oldham is a vast improvement on the 352 service (every two hours, weekdays only) prior to October 2004.
02 November 2014 service change
A minor change affects weekday passengers of the 409 service. Two part route workings from Ashton to Oldham (departing at 1836 and 1844) will be replaced by a single journey at 1840. In the other direction, an additional part route journey will be added between Rochdale and Oldham, departing at 1852.
PLUS: two other service changes outside of Tameside…
- The Hulme’s Bridge Ferry across the Manchester Ship Canal from Flixton to Irlam will finish for its winter and early spring break;
- From one of the oldest to the most recent forms of transport, the Manchester Airport Metrolink Line from St. Werburgh’s Road to Ringway, via Wythenshawe Civic Centre is set to open on the 03 November 2014. Expect to see a review and/or pictorial feature of the new line on East of the M60 shortly after!
S.V., 21 October 2014.