All quiet on the Oldham front

First Greater Manchester, Enviro400, Oldham bus station
The 184’s timetable will be integrated with sister routes within the Colne Valley villages.

There is little to report today other than a quartet of retiming based changes. Really, it has been a while since the Oldham and Saddleworth changes were ever that quiet. Still, time to take a breather and board that 184 to Marsden Moor.

Four services – all of which operated by First Greater Manchester – will see minor changes to their timetables, to improve reliability. This will affect the 52 (Failsworth – intu Trafford Centre), the 184 (Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] – Huddersfield), 415 (Oldham – Foxdenton Park – Middleton), and the 425 (Holts Estate – Oldham – Fitton Hill) services.

In addition to retiming, the 184’s full length journeys to Huddersfield will be retimed to complement local services between Huddersfield and Marsden.

Whatever next?

We await January 2017’s set of changes with in trepidation. Furthermore, Saddleworth residents will be involved in a survey funded by the Department for Transport’s Total Transport Pilot Fund. Its aim is to offer a practical solution for rural services.

As Saddleworthians have been at the sharp end of recent changes, we strongly recommend participating in this survey. If you live in Saddleworth, you may receive a copy through the post or call in to Uppermill library. Alternatively, you can do the survey online via The closing date is the 30 November, so it’s worth returning your form to Andrew Fender and Co. at TfGM by St. Andrew’s Day.

S.V., 27 October 2016.

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