Christmas 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015 Bus, Tram and Rail Services in Tameside

A more complete guide to Christmas and New Year service information for bus users in Tameside and surrounding area

It's Christmas time
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With Christmas Day only a week away, we at East of the M60 can offer you a more complete guide to bus, rail and tram services. This supersedes the previous bus only guide.

Our favoured city, and many a large town in our locality, is ringing to the sound of jingling tills. Manchester’s Christmas Market is probably set to break attendance records. So much so, Northern Rail has strengthened Saturday services from Bolton and Wigan to Manchester stations. Not with the usual cack Pacer units but Class 47s, hauling Mark II carriages.

As always, the best way of exploring Greater Manchester this Christmas is by bus, train and tram. Even better with a season ticket or day rover ticket of some description.

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Bus Service Summary:

22, 23, 29, 30 December and 02 January: normal weekday service, ran to summer holiday schedules on Stagecoach Manchester routes. Expect normal weekday services on all other operators’ routes.

Christmas Eve: normal weekday services, enhanced Saturday service or standard Saturday service with most routes finishing around 1800 hours. Some may continue till 1900 or 2000 hours. Any services that only operate in the evening (such as the 220 and 338) will not run.

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 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.

First Greater Manchester will also be operating the 409 service during shopping hours.

All times are the same as last year’s timetable.

27 December 2013: standard Saturday service.

28 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. Again, any services that only operate in the evening (such as the 220 and 338) will not run.

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.

It is also worth noting that special fares will apply on the above services (£3.00 single, £5.00 rover ticket) from 2000 – 0400 hours. However, System One day savers and Stagecoach Manchester day savers will be valid till midnight.

After midnight, the full complement of System One and Stagecoach Manchester season tickets, along with concessionary passes will also be valid. Once again, no variation on last year’s timetable.

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.

03 January 2013: normal services resume.

Furthermore, there will also be details of last buses on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Shudehill Interchange, Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde bus stations, and at the TfGM Travelshop on Piccadilly Gardens.

Rail Services

22, 23, 29, 30 December and 02 January: normal weekday services. Usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.

Christmas Eve: normal weekday services though with early finish from 2000 hours onwards. Again, usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day: no services.

27 December 2014: normal Saturday services though with fewer early morning trains.

28 December 2014: normal Sunday services.

New Year’s Eve: normal weekday services though with early finish from 2000 hours onwards on Northern Rail journeys. Again, usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.

New Year’s Day: normal weekday services though with fewer early morning trains.

Metrolink Services

22, 23 December 2014: normal weekday services.

Christmas Eve: normal weekday service with early finish. Last trams from Manchester city centre departing at 2100 hours.

Christmas Day: no service.

Boxing Day: Saturday service with late start and early finish times (Sunday start times, Saturday frequencies). Plus extra trams on East Didsbury and Altrincham lines for Manchester United’s home match against Newcastle United (kick-off: 1500) and shoppers.

27 December 2014: normal Saturday service.

28 December 2014: normal Sunday service. Plus extra trams on East Manchester Line for Manchester City’s home fixture versus Burnley (kick-off: 1500).

29, 30 December 2014: Saturday service with last trams from Manchester city centre departing at midnight.

New Year’s Eve: Saturday service with last trams from Manchester city centre departing at 0100.

New Year’s Day: Saturday service with late start and early finish times (Sunday start times, Saturday frequencies).

02 January 2015: normal services resume.

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Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve last buses in Tameside and surrounding areas:

Listed below is a selection of the following services that will finishing early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please note that all details are correct at the time of press.

  • 7: (from Stockport) 1920, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1919;
  • 201: (from Piccadilly Gardens) 1858, (from Hattersley) 1915;
  • 204: (from Piccadilly Gardens to Haughton Green) 1918, (from Hyde) 1916;
  • 205: (from Piccadilly Gardens) 1925, (from Dane Bank) 1905;
  • 216: (from Piccadilly Gardens) 1940, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1905;
  • 219: (from Piccadilly Gardens) 1923, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1923;
  • 231: (from Piccadilly Gardens to Ashton-under-Lyne) 1855, (from Piccadilly Gardens to Littlemoss) 1925, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1823, (from Littlemoss) 1924;
  • 236/237: (from Glossop) 1903 (236) and 1918 (237), (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1851 (237) and 1916 (236);
  • 330: (from Stockport) 1930, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1915;
  • 343: (from Oldham) 1750, (from Hyde) 1725;
  • 346: (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1830, (from Hyde) 1900;
  • 347: (from Haughton Green) 1937, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1915;
  • 348: (from Carrbrook) 1838, (from Ashton-under-Lyne) 1825;
  • 350: (from Oldham) 1750, (from Ashton-under-Lyne to Oldham) 1730, (from Ashton-under-Lyne to Mossley [Hey Farm]) 1800;
  • 408 (from Shaw to Droylsden) 1619, (from Shaw to Stalybridge) 1819, (from Droylsden to Shaw) 1650, (from Droylsden to Stalybridge) 1750, (from Stalybridge to Oldham) 1819;
  • 409 (from Rochdale to Ashton-under-Lyne) 1820, (from Rochdale to Oldham) 1906, (from Ashton-under-Lyne to Rochdale) 1825, (from Ashton-under-Lyne to Oldham) 1915.

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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;
  • S&S Travel Services: 0845 605 7058;
  • Stott’s Tours (Oldham) Ltd: 0161 624 4200;
  • Checkmate Coaches: 01457 833040;
  • Manchester Community Transport: 0161 946 9255;
  • Metrolink RATP Dev UK: 0161 205 2000.

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Finally…

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

S.V., 17 December 2014.

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