Ashton Interchange Works: Temporary Stand Changes, 11 February 2020

The bus stands they are a changin’

As the construction of Ashton Bus Station Mark IV is months away from completion, there will be a few more stand changes to (what’s left of the) Mark III bus station.

So far, the new structure is taking shape with most of the external shelters by the tram station close to completion. Some of the shelters on the Wellington Road side of the bus station will be usable from Tuesday 11 February.

Those lucky passengers will be heading to Stalybridge, Carrbrook, Mossley, most Saddleworth villages, Droylsden, Gorton and Reddish. The 348 and 350 routes will be using the new A stand beside the Metrolink station. Regulars on the 7 route to Stockport (via Droylsden, Abbey Hey and Gorton) will be waiting for their buses at the neighbouring B stand. Alongside their peers waiting for Clayton-bound 217s.

There will be no change of stand for passengers boarding the 409 route, whereas the 236s and 237s will be elbowed out of E stand in favour of the 346 route. They will use P stand, which offers the least comfort for Glossop and Stalybridge bound passengers. This will be shared by fellow passengers wishing to board the 336 and 337 Hartshead Circular routes.

The 41, 387 and 389 routes will use F stand – as was the case before the June 2018 stand changes. With the closure of the old A and B stands beside the TfGM Travelshop and toilets, School Buses will use G stand, which will be shared with the 231, 335, 339, 396 and 419 routes. D stand will be allocated for coach excursions, plus the incumbent 353, 354 and 355 routes, and the 230 route.

With the new stand positions, Stalybridge passengers may see a slight extension to their journey times. Buses using A and P stands may face a lengthy diversion via Oldham Road and Water Street prior to entering the bus station. The road which hitherto served A and B stands downwards near the TfGM Travelshop will be used by buses going upwards toward Wellington Road.

For some bus passengers there will be a change of stand for your usual buses. In our handy little map, all stand letters in red text will be used after the 11 February 2020. Those in black text will be closed. There will be no replacement stand for ‘H’, as in ‘hitherto used by the 330 route’.

Ashton Bus Station stands

C Stand

  • 409: Ashton-under-Lyne – Hathershaw – Oldham – Royton – Rochdale.

D Stand

  • 230: Ashton-under-Lyne – Waterloo – Littlemoss – Moorside – Droylsden – Clayton – Ancoats – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 353: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mossley – Roughtown – Lydgate – Uppermill;
  • 354: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mossley – Roaches Lock – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Carrcote;
  • 355: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Denshaw;
  • Excursion Coaches.

E Stand

  • 346: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Newton – Hyde – (Gee Cross).

F Stand

  • 41: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield Town Hall – Albion Hotel – Tennyson Avenue;
  • 387: Ashton-under-Lyne – Tameside Hospital – Stalybridge – Mottram-in-Longdendale – Hattersley – Godley – Hyde;
  • 389: Ashton-under-Lyne – Ridge Hill Estate – Stalybridge – Dukinfield [Yew Tree Estate] – Flowery Field – Hyde.

G Stand

  • 231: Ashton-under-Lyne – Tameside Hospital – Hurst – Hartshead – Waterloo – Littlemoss – Moorside – Droylsden – Clayton – Ancoats – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 335: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Shepley – Audenshaw – Denton – Town Lane;
  • 339: Ashton-under-Lyne – Crowhill Circular;
  • 396: Ashton-under-Lyne – Hurst – Limehurst Farm – Fitton Hill – Hollinwood – Failsworth – Newton Heath;
  • 419: Ashton-under-Lyne – Waterloo – Hathershaw – Chadderton – Mills Hill – Middleton;
  • School Services.

Katherine Street

J Stand

Used as an overflow stand for 347 route and/or setting down.

K Stand

  • 347: Ashton-under-Lyne – Guide Bridge – Audenshaw – Denton – Haughton Green.

Gas Street

L Stand

  • 219: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Fairfield – Higher Openshaw – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 219: Stalybridge (peak hours only) – (Mottram-in-Longdendale – Tintwistle – Hadfield – Glossop (Night Bus journey))

M Stand

  • 216: Ashton-under-Lyne – Audenshaw – Droylsden – Clayton – Ancoats – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens];
  • 216: Stalybridge (peak hours only).

R Stand

  • 330: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Hyde – Woodley – Stockport;
  • 345: Ashton-under-Lyne – Dukinfield – Audenshaw – Denton [Pendle Road];

Wellington Road

A Stand

  • 348: Ashton-under-Lyne – Tameside College – Stalybridge – Copley – Millbrook – Carrbrook;
  • 350: Ashton-under-Lyne – Tameside Hospital – Mossley – Micklehurst – Hey Farm – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Waterhead – Greenacres – Oldham.

B Stand

  • 7: Ashton-under-Lyne – Ashton Moss – Droylsden – Gorton – Denton – Reddish – Stockport;
  • 217: Ashton-under-Lyne – Ashton Moss – Droylsden – Clayton – Ancoats – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens].

P Stand:

  • 232: Ashton-under-Lyne – Hartshead Circular;
  • 236: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mottram-in-Longdendale – Woolley Bridge – Dinting – Glossop;
  • 237: Ashton-under-Lyne – Stalybridge – Mottram-in-Longdendale – Hollingworth – Tintwistle – Hadfield – Dinting – Glossop [Shirebrook Park];
  • 336: Ashton-under-Lyne – Smallshaw – Hazelhurst Circular;
  • 337: Ashton-under-Lyne – Hazelhurst – Smallshaw Circular.

South Pennine Community Transport’s 357 route to Holmfirth is not affected. Its terminus remains Stand CC on Henrietta Street.

Once again, East of the M60 will keep you posted with the latest stand changes as well as the usual bus service changes. The latter will be due by the end of Easter.

S.V., 07 February 2020.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Tinker says:

    be glad when the new station opens it looks like the Middleton bus stn all under one roof which i think will be better for the bus travellers on another subject now you can only find live firstbus times on its own app they have not been showing on uk bus checker for 2 weeks now

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    1. Hi Michael,

      It is very similar in design to Middleton bus station, only with the rows of satellite shelters beside the tram stop. I cannot wait to see it open; in many ways, would be a vast improvement on the present facilities.

      The one thing that will bug me for an eternity is the future use of the site of Ashton Bus Station Mark III. There have been plans to extend the Arcades Shopping Centre on that site, though I think this seems unlikely given present retail trends.

      Warmly,

      Stuart.

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