School day timetables restored plus some changes to Stalybridge routes

Enviro400 MMC SN16 OUC, Stagecoach Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station
Back to normal: the 216 route, outside Ashton bus station.
  • First Greater Manchester withdraws Stalybridge journeys on 408 route;
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys of 353 and 354 withdrawn and replaced by new 355 service;
  • Plus the usual minor changes, and details of services reverting to school day timetables.

This Autumn’s set of changes make for mixed reading in the borough. Unless you live in Stalybridge or the Roughtown area of Mossley. Both areas are at the sharpest end of cuts to tendered and commercial services from the 03 September.

On the 408, a route which has suffered more than its fair share of cutbacks in the last two years alone, is at the sharp end again. This time, First Greater Manchester’s peak hour journeys from Shaw to Oldham and Stalybridge will be withdrawn. They have provided an important link for passengers attending the New Charter Academy, and St. Damian’s R.C. Science College. Other than school services, pupils of the two schools have little option but to change at Ashton or Tameside Hospital (for the 231).

From the 04 September, Stalybridge’s chunk of the 408 will be available once hourly on Monday to Saturday nights, and on Sunday daytimes (albeit every two hours). The state of the 408 service’s recent history alone is enough to push for the re-regulation of Greater Manchester’s bus routes.

Changes to Saddleworth routes 353 and 354 also place Stalybridge in the firing line. Before the 03 September, Stalybridge bus station had an hourly connection with Uppermill on its their respective Sunday journeys. Instead, the 353 and 354 will be replaced by a new two-hourly 355 service. It will offer a more direct route to Uppermill, shadowing the 340 from Bottom Mossley to The Royal George. It will also cut out the picturesque Stockport Road section, in favour of Well I’Th’ Hole Road and Shaw Hall Bank Road.

Top Mossley will be served by the 355 service, by means of turning left at the railway station, then right onto Stamford Road before stopping at Market Place. It will return to Bottom Mossley via Arundel Street and Stamford Road. Though the 354’s Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys gone, Friezland and Greenfield are served by the 350 service.

As a trade off for its sparse frequency, the 355 will continue to Dobcross, Delph, and Denshaw – like the weekday and Saturday 354 service. This will be Denshaw’s first Sunday link with Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge since April 2008. After these changes, the Sunday service of the 353 and 354 routes terminated at Uppermill. As with the 353 and 354 on previous Sundays since April 2015, MCT Travel will be running the 355 service.

Minor changes affect the 350 service, affecting two schooldays only journeys. The 0806 from Oldham to Saddleworth School sees a change of operator and starting point. This time, Rosso, starting at Waterhead. The 1313 Wednesdays Only schooldays journey from Saddleworth School to Oldham will be withdrawn.

Minor changes

There will be minor changes to some of Stagecoach Manchester’s routes. These entail the retiming of peak hour journeys on the following routes:

  • 7: Ashton-under-Lyne – Droylsden – Gorton – Reddish – Stockport;
  • 216: Ashton-under-Lyne – Droylsden – Clayton – Ancoats – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens]
  • 219: Stalybridge – Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Openshaw – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 221: Dukinfield [Tennyson Avenue] – Audenshaw – Fairfield – Openshaw – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 231: Tameside Hospital – Ashton-under-Lyne – Littlemoss – Droylsden – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 236: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mottram-in-Longdendale – Woolley Bridge – Glossop;
  • 237: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mottram-in-Longdendale – Tintwistle – Hadfield – Glossop;
  • 347: Ashton-under-Lyne – Guide Bridge – Hooley Hill – Denton – Haughton Green.

Most of the changes entail journeys running a few minutes earlier to allow for traffic. The 221 service will see an unchanged AM timetable, but its three PM journeys will leave Piccadilly Gardens at 1715, 1745, and 1815. Besides allowing for traffic issues, the use of clock face times are more user friendly.

Plus, the 168 service will benefit from an extra weekday journey. At 1800 hours, this extra journey will go from Ashton to Chorlton.

As a knock-on effect from MCT Travel’s operation of the 355 service, this has necessitated minor timetable changes to two of its other routes. The 38 service to Hazelhurst, which co-works with the 41 service, will depart a minute later on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

On the 41 service to Tennyson Avenue, buses will depart from Ashton-under-Lyne four minutes earlier on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Therefore, its first journey will leave Ashton bus station at 1121 instead of 1125. Then, most successive journeys will depart at twenty-one minutes past the hour. Its last journey, hitherto at 2335 will now depart at 2331. At the Dukinfield [Albion Hotel] stop, Ashton-bound buses will depart at twelve minutes to the hour. This allows for more evenly spaced buses to the capital city of Tameside.

School Day Timetables

The following services will be reverting to their school day timetables from the 04 September 2017:

  • 7: Ashton-under-Lyne – Droylsden – Gorton – Reddish – Stockport (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 168: Ashton-under-Lyne – Littlemoss – Droylsden – Gorton – Chorlton-cum-Hardy [Bus Station] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 201: Hattersley – Hyde – Denton – Gorton – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 204: Hyde – Haughton Green – Denton – Gorton – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 205: Denton – Dane Bank – Debdale Park – Gorton – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 206: Gee Cross – Hyde – Denton – West Gorton – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 207: Gee Cross – Hyde – Denton – Gorton – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 219: Stalybridge – Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Openshaw – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 221: Dukinfield [Tennyson Avenue] – Audenshaw – Fairfield – Openshaw – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester) – AM journeys only: minor timetable changes on PM journeys;
  • 231: Tameside Hospital – Ashton-under-Lyne – Littlemoss – Droylsden – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 327: Denton – Bredbury – Brinnington – Portwood – Stockport (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 330: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Hyde – Woodley – Stockport – Manchester Airport (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 346: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Newton – Hyde (Stagecoach Manchester/First Manchester – affects FGM journeys only);
  • 347: Ashton-under-Lyne – Guide Bridge – Hooley Hill – Denton – Haughton Green (Stagecoach Manchester).

Whatever next?

There is talk of another recasting of tendered services, most of which affecting bus routes in FirstGroupLand next year. As always, all will be revealed nearer the time. Expect something to surface by February 2018.

S.V., 30 August 2017.

3 thoughts on “Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2017

  1. I don’t think anybody saw this coming, according to the timetables part of Derbyshire CC website, the 202 will be withdrawn and replaced by extra 341s, the 341 will also have a new operator from end Oct


    1. Hi Leeds,

      More a case of an old operator returning to the fold. That of Stott’s of Oldham. They previously operated the evening journeys of the 202 prior to their withdrawal about a year ago. Then again, I would say renumbering the part route journeys of the 202s and 341s is a logical step.

      That was mentioned on, following a source from the Notices and Proceedings bulletin.

      Bye for now,



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