More tinkering around at the edges
- Retimed 206, 347 and 350 routes;
- Revised route on 341 service.
In the Tameside area for once, very few changes to report with the biggest changes affecting the 341 service.
Stott’s Tours’ 341 service, as discussed in our previous round up will see a change of route. Off-peak journeys will no longer serve Backbower, in favour of approaching Hattersley via Stockport Road.
The new timetable will only see one journey from Backbower to Hyde (0830 on weekdays, 0841 on Saturdays) with two in the opposite direction to Glossop (1723 and 1829 on weekdays, 1712 and 1812 on Saturdays). The hourly 342 (clockwise) and 344 (anticlockwise) services will offer Backbower’s only links with Hyde town centre.
The ‘joys’ of congestion have led to Stagecoach Manchester’s changes for the 206 service in Gee Cross. Its eastbound journey at 0640 will depart from Piccadilly Gardens at 0625. In the opposite direction, the 0753 journey will depart from Gee Cross at 0738. Some minor changes have also been made to the weekday times of the 347 service.
Subtle changes will be made to the 350‘s weekday service in the timing department. The only tangible change affecting this route is the loss of a part route Schooldays Only journey from Waterhead to Saddleworth School. This, till the 29 October 2018, is the only non-First Greater Manchester journey (operated by Rosso).
Manchester city centre’s Metroshuttle services will be changed from the 28 October. Firstly, its three routes will be simplified into two routes. To soften the blow a little, the Metroshuttle will now be known as the Free Bus. With a yellow livery, looking similar to Cumfybus’ efforts, route 1 will be a circular route from Manchester Piccadilly railway station via Piccadilly Gardens, Deansgate, and King Street before returning via Chorlton Street.
Route 2 will take in the sights, sounds, and shops of Manchester city centre, focusing on its tourist attractions. From Piccadilly it offers a link to Victoria via the Gay Village, Castlefield and Deansgate, before returning to Piccadilly via Shudehill and the Northern Quarter. During the peaks, Salford Central station is also served.
Unlike its present trio of routes, there will be more Free Buses on weekdays and Saturdays – with journeys running till 10pm. Public holiday and Sunday journeys will finish for 6pm.
In some cases, the closest set of service changes to Hallowe’en were a case of treat rather than trick. Hydonians living on Grange Road might not be too pleased with changes to the 341 service.
If anything, the more fundamental changes to our network may arise in late January 2019. An uneasy peace? One wonders.
S.V., 24 October 2018.