Tameside’s Christmas and New Year Day’s Bus Service Updates (2018)

Details of Christmas and New Year’s Day bus services in Tameside and surrounding area for 2018/19

With only days to go till Christmas Day, it is that time again on East of the M60. It’s our look at what we are about to receive bus-wise over the yuletide period. In a nutshell, that means no buses on Christmas Day, but Saturday and Sunday services on other days, and very few buses on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

We could have ended the post here, but we are not like that. The previous paragraph wouldn’t have given you the full picture.

Monday 24 December 2018, Christmas Eve

Normal Monday service or Saturday service with early finish. Most services will stop running between 6pm and 8pm. Please note that evening journeys on TfGM tendered services like the 41 or 340 may finish early or not operate at all. On Stagecoach Manchester routes, buses may use the same summertime timetable.

Tuesday 25 December 2018, Christmas Day

No services. Please note that the only Christmas Day bus service that will be operating in Greater Manchester will be the 43 service. This will be operate once hourly from Piccadilly Gardens to Manchester Airport.

Wednesday 26 December 2018, Boxing Day

Limited services along trunk routes. Only Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester will be running buses on some routes in and around the Tameside area.

Stagecoach Manchester

  • 201: Hattersley – Hyde – Denton – Gorton – Belle Vue – Ardwick – Piccadilly: first journey at 0727 then every half hour till 1957;
  • 201: Piccadilly – Ardwick – Belle Vue – Gorton – Denton – Hyde – Hattersley: first journey at 0831 then every half hour till 2101;
  • 204: Haughton Green – Denton – Gorton – Belle Vue – Ardwick – Piccadilly: first journey at 0729 then every half hour till 1959;
  • 204: Piccadilly – Ardwick – Belle Vue – Gorton – Denton – Haughton Green: first journey at 0821 then every half hour till 2051;
  • 216: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Droylsden – Ashton New Road – Clayton – Ancoats – Piccadilly: first journey at 0840 then every 20 minutes till 2030;
  • 216: Piccadilly – Clayton – Ashton New Road – Droylsden – Audenshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne: first journey at 0840 then every 20 minutes till 2100;
  • 219: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Ashton Old Road – Openshaw – Piccadilly: first journey at 0730 then every 20 minutes till 2030;
  • 219: Piccadilly – Openshaw – Ashton Old Road – Audenshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne: first journey at 0810 then every 20 minutes till 2110;
  • 330: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Hyde – Woodley – Stockport: first journey at 0910 then every hour till 1710;
  • 330: Stockport – Woodley – Hyde – Dukinfield – Ashton-under-Lyne: first journey at 0910 then every hour till 1710.

First Greater Manchester:

  • 409: Ashton-under-Lyne – Hathershaw – Oldham – Royton – Rochdale: first journey at 0834 then every half hour till 1734;
  • 409: Rochdale – Royton – Oldham – Hathershaw – Ashton-under-Lyne: first journey at 0835 then every half hour till 1705.

Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018

Normal weekday or Saturday service.

Saturday 29 December 2018

Normal Saturday service.

Sunday 30 December 2018

Normal Sunday service.

Monday 31 December 2018, New Year’s Eve

As with Christmas Eve, a normal Monday service or Saturday service with early finish. Most services will stop running between 6pm and 8pm. Please note that evening journeys on TfGM tendered services like the 41 or 340 may finish early or not operate at all. On Stagecoach Manchester routes, buses may use the same summertime timetable.

Stagecoach Manchester will also operate night buses on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day morning from Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde to Manchester city centre. These will be operating on the 201 and 219 routes and the times are as follows:

  • 201: Hyde – Denton – Gorton – Belle Vue – Ardwick – Piccadilly: first journey at 1916 then every hour till 2216;
  • 201: Piccadilly – Ardwick – Belle Vue – Gorton – Denton – Hyde: 0110 and 0245.
  • 219: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Ashton Old Road – Openshaw – Piccadilly: no journeys;
  • 219: Piccadilly – Openshaw – Ashton Old Road – Audenshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne: 0130 and 0300;

As with previous night buses, special fares will apply with a flat fare of £3.00 (or £5.00 for all night buses operated by Stagecoach). If you own an AnyBus season ticket, CountyCard, or an ENCTS concessionary pass, climb aboard as normal. If you have a Manchester Megarider or an Adult Dayrider, you too can make savings on the night fare and climb aboard. Please note that the aforementioned tickets need to have been purchased before 8pm.

Tuesday 01 January 2019, New Year’s Day

Please note that the New Year’s Day special services can be found under the New Year’s Eve section of this post.

Stagecoach Manchester

  • 201: Hattersley – Hyde – Denton – Gorton – Belle Vue – Ardwick – Piccadilly: first journey at 0951 then every hour till 1751;
  • 201: Piccadilly – Ardwick – Belle Vue – Gorton – Denton – Hyde – Hattersley: first journey at 1050 then every hour till 1750;
  • 219: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Ashton Old Road – Openshaw – Piccadilly: first journey at 1020 then every half hour till 1750;
  • 219: Piccadilly – Openshaw – Ashton Old Road – Audenshaw – Ashton-under-Lyne: first journey at 1020 then every half hour till 1740.

Wednesday 02 January 2019

Normal services resume. Some Stagecoach Manchester services will be operating to similar timetables as the summer times.

Please note that new fares will be in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes. Similarly, System One Travelcards’ AnyBus, Countycard, and GetMeThere tickets will also be going up in price.

Useful Numbers

Bus operators

  • First Greater Manchester: 0345 646 0707 (7am – 7pm weekdays, 9am – 5pm weekends and Bank Holidays);
  • MCT Travel: 0161 946 9255;
  • Stagecoach Manchester: 0161 273 3377 (8am – 5.30pm, weekdays only);
  • Stott’s Tours: 0161 624 2772.

Taxi operators

If the buses have let you down over the Christmas period, we at East of the M60 recommend the following minicab companies, all of which tested by yours truly after missing many a last bus out of Tameside, Oldham or Saddleworth:

  • A1 Private Hire: 0161 343 5050;
  • Cavalier Radio Cars: 0161 338 4055;
  • First Choice County Cars: 01457 878878;
  • Radio Cabs: 0161 330 2090;
  • Stamford Radio Cars: 0161 330 3000/0161 339 4411;
  • Swift Radio Cars: 0161 303 8137/0161 303 8139;
  • Tameside Taxis: 0161 344 5555;
  • Village Cars: 0161 628 7000.

Wherever you are going on Greater Manchester’s bus network over the yuletide period, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

S.V., 22 December 2018.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. scuzzmonster says:

    Thanks for this and every other useful bit of gen you’ve posted this year, Stewart. Have a good one.

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