Hyde gains enhanced South Manchester links at Ashton’s expense
- 168 rerouted and renumbered as 150;
- Boosted 7 and 230 services bridge gap left by 168’s withdrawal;
- 217 service rerouted via Ashton Old Road;
- Plus the usual slight tweaks.
If you live in the Stagecoach part of Tameside, our borough is at the sharp end of their latest changes. Most of the changes concern timetable retimings whereas the biggest change affects their East Manchester routes. By contrast, only one First Greater Manchester route has been affected by this month’s service changes.
Hyde’s link to the intu Trafford Centre
Tameside is set to get its first regular bus link with the intu Trafford Centre – almost 21 years after its opening. In 90 minutes with two buses per hour for most of the day, Hydonians will be able to catch the 150 to the out-of-town shopping centre.
From Hyde, it will follow the 201 route up to Belle Vue. Thereafter, it will follow the outgoing 168 route up to Chorlton (via Longsight, Fallowfield) and continue to the intu Trafford Centre via Trafford Park.
With the 168 rerouted and renumbered, this will see changes to four other Stagecoach Manchester routes. Firstly, the 231 will be half hourly and continue to terminate at Ashton bus station via Tameside Hospital. As for the 231’s part route journeys to Littlemoss, they will be renumbered as the 230. Almost reviving Mayne of Manchester’s former Droylsden TESCO route, they will observe the 216 route up to Cemetery Road, turning at Fiveways Roundabout towards Greenside Lane and Sunnyside Road.
After Littlemoss, it will take over the Ashton – Littlemoss – Droylsden section of the 168/169 route. The northern section of Greenside Lane up to Clock House Avenue will no longer be served.
Also affected by Droylsden’s service changes is the 7 route. Retaining its half hourly frequency, it will be rerouted via Jetson Street, Openshaw. Its sister route the 7A will run between Gorton and Stockport. Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys will follow the weekday and Saturday route. Furthermore, part route journeys of the 7 service will be introduced between Ashton and Gorton, partially replacing the 168. MCT Travel will be the operator with evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys on the 7 route.
Its Dane Bank to Denton section will be covered by the 205 service (which presently terminates at Dane Bank on Sundays and Bank Holidays).
With the 217, its Sunday and Bank Holiday service will be curtailed to run from Manchester to Droylsden, with Droylsden’s Metrolink interchange as its revised terminus. All journeys, whether in full or part route form will see a change of route south of Edge Lane. The revised route will cover the full length of Edge Lane, joining Fairfield Street and Ashton Old Road. Instead of Shudehill Interchange, Piccadilly Gardens will be its Manchester terminus in line with its evening journeys.
Among the retimed routes include the 220 from Piccadilly Gardens to Stalybridge bus station. The ghost route (a weekdays only single eastbound journey) will depart at 0638, three minutes later than present. There will also be timetable tweaks for passengers using the 201, 216, and 219 routes.
Over to what is predominantly FirstGroup territory, the 409‘s AM peak journeys will be retimed. Likewise with Stagecoach Manchester’s Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys on the 340 route from Oldham to Hyde.
The next set of changes will be effective from the 27 April 2019. By then, Britons may be getting used to life in post-Brexit Britain and bracing themselves for yet more austerity.
Though we are months away from the re-regulation of Greater Manchester’s buses, could Andy Burnham have no buses left to re-regulate? Forthcoming changes may see most of the 340 service withdrawn, reverting to plain old 343. This time, as part of a 343 service without evening journeys and a two-hourly Sunday and Bank Holiday service. Thus giving the 343 the kind of service levels you would expect in public transport deserts like Lincolnshire.
As we have said on countless occasions in our look at forthcoming service changes, the ones after Eastertide are usually the worst. The most savage. Between now and the 27 April 2019, get those taxi numbers added to your phone if you have a spare two minutes.
S.V., 16 January 2019.