South Pennine Community Transport launches new trans-Pennine link
Once upon a time, quite some time ago, in the good old days of Greater Manchester Transport and GM Buses, there used to be a direct bus along the A635 road east of The Clarence Hotel in Greenfield. Operating from Rochdale, it was known as the Pennine Edge and allocated service number 430. Its route approached Saddleworth via High Crompton, Denshaw, Delph and Greenfield before getting to Holmfirth.
Also, the 180 service used to have summertime extensions to Holmfirth. Today, this joy is no longer available. At least till the end of May.
Bridging the gap will be South Pennine Community Transport. Their new seasonal service, the 352, will connect Uppermill and Greenfield with Holmfirth. Each Saturday, three return journeys across the Pennines will provide a fast link across the A635 taking 35 minutes to complete.
As with First Greater Manchester and First West Yorkshire services on both sides of the Pennines, ENCTS Concessionary, Concession Plus and Senior Citizens’ passes will be accepted.
From Holmfirth to Uppermill:
- Holmfirth, Bus Station: 0955, 1155 and 1355;
- Greenfield, Clarence Hotel: 1022, 1222, 1422;
- Greenfield, Railway Station: 1024, 1224, 1422;
- Uppermill, Commercial Hotel: 1030, 1230, 1430.
From Uppermill to Holmfirth:
- Uppermill, Commercial Hotel: 1035, 1235 and 1435;
- Greenfield, Railway Station: 1039, 1239 and 1439;
- Greenfield, Clarence Hotel: 1041, 1241 and 1441;
- Holmfirth, Bus Station: 1109, 1309 and 1509.
For further details, visit the South Pennine Community Transport website. If you’re sending an email, tell them that East of the M60 sent you. Who knows? You might some ratbag with a rucksack, slightly dishevelled hair and a camera of some description.
S.V., 08 May 2015.