Further bus service changes and retimings which affect Oldham and Saddleworth passengers
Since our little look at the future shape of Oldham’s and Saddleworth’s bus routes, a few more changes have been announced in the last fortnight. We now know more about the 59’s early morning journeys. Once again there are changes in store for the 408 route (no change there, then).
Like the Tameside and Glossop addendum, please treat this one as a companion to our more comprehensive bulletin (published on 07 March 2018).
On the 59 service, the part route journey from Rushcroft to Middleton (2255) will be extended to Piccadilly Gardens. This will later form the 0010 return journey, which shall terminate at Oldham.
Sticking with part routes, journeys from Oldham will be added at 0409 (weekdays only), 0519 (Saturdays only), and 0634 (Sundays and Bank Holidays only). Its return journeys will leave Piccadilly Gardens at 0511 (SSuX) and 0619 (SO) for Oldham. The 0734 journey on Sundays and Bank Holidays will terminate at Moston [Gardeners Arms].
Early bird bus passengers on the 81 will also be given a boost. New journeys from Oldham [Mumps Bridge] to Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] will be added. These will depart at 0457 (SSuX), 0438 (SO), and 0656 (Sundays and Bank Holidays). Its return journeys will terminate at Moston [Gardeners Arms] departing from Piccadilly Gardens at 0457 (SSuX), 0527 (SO), and 0750 (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
On the flip side, three Oldham to Manchester journeys will be revised to start from Moston. These are the 0503 (SSuX), 0538 (SO), and the 0756 (Sundays and Bank Holidays). A part route journey at 1627 (SSuX) from Piccadilly Gardens to Nuthurst Road will be withdrawn. The 1633 journey is suggested by First Greater Manchester as a suitable alternative.
The proposed changes for the 77 service have been confirmed, with the route partially covered by journeys on the 76 service.
The 409 service will see the retiming of its weekday and Saturday journeys. Its sister bus route along the Rochdale Road, the 408, will see more changes. Passengers of the beleaguered service will see an operator revision on its Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys. We are awaiting details of its new operator.
If you regularly catch the 425 from Fitton Hill or Abbey Hills Road, some changes will be made. Instead of being treated as a straightforward short distance route, it will be seen in the timetable as a circular route. A cigar shaped one with no effect on its frequencies.
S.V., 16 March 2018.