How Ashton-under-Lyne route’s Airport extension is taking our breath away
For nearly a month, the 330 service from Ashton-under-Lyne to Stockport has seen the extension of some of its journeys to Manchester Airport. This was mentioned in a previous edition of the Tameside bus service changes. Just to recap, most of the section hitherto part of the former 369 service is part of the 368A service. With this change, there are (M56 and M60 traffic permitting) four buses per hour from Stockport to Ringway. Non-stop from Stockport bus station to the Manchester Airport bus station.
Journeys continue to the World Freight Centre, maintaining a link with the airport (recently butchered by changes to Arriva’s 18 service from Altrincham). The journey is timetabled to take 20 minutes from Stockport to the World Freight Centre. A Top Gun theme was used to celebrate the service’s relaunch and extension.
The Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker said: “Manchester Airport is arguably the region’s most important transport and business hub, with thousands of commuters and millions of holiday makers making their way back and forth every year and we are pleased to provide them with regular, affordable and reliable transport links to the area.
“Substantial and sustained investment by Stagecoach has meant bus travel in the region has come a long way over the last 10 years. Passengers on the 330 will be able to relax on board our new buses, which lessen the impact public transport has on the environment, while making the most of free Wi-Fi and USB charging points before they arrive for work or jet off to somewhere hopefully much warmer than Manchester!”
Wayne Poole, Manchester Airport’s Landside Operations director said: “It’s great to see Stagecoach launch their new service to the airport from Ashton. We always encourage passengers and employees to make use of public transport, so this new service will make it even easier for those in Tameside and Stockport to get to the airport.
“It is the perfect addition to our station that’s open 24 hours a day and offers a multitude of services including bus, coach, rail and tram across our catchment area.”
So far, schedules have been stymied by the perennial pain in the posterior that is Stockport Road West, which could jeopardise the extension’s success. Furthermore, roadworks on Crescent Road have had an impact on traffic movements from Ashton to Dukinfield. 346 buses have also been diverted via Cavendish Street and Park Parade.
Possible tunes for the journey to Ringway
- Theme music from Duty Free, Peter Knight (Yorkshire Television, 1984);
- I’m Mandy, Fly Me, 10cc (1976);
- Leaving on a Jet Plane, Peter, Paul and Mary (1967);
- Wings of a Dove, Madness (1983);
- Flying, The Beatles (1967);
- I’m Going to Spain, Steve Bent (1975);
- We’re Going to Ibiza, The Vengaboys (1999);
- Terminal Three, Linda Martin (1984);
- Barbados, Typically Tropical (1975);
- El Bimbo, Bimbo Jet (1975);
- Theme music from Benidorm, Philip Pope (ITV/Tiger Aspect, 2007).
An EM60 Presentation, 23 November 2016.