Important information for bus passengers during the Coronavirus situation
From the 28 March [this Saturday], further precautions against the Coronavirus pandemic will be taken by Stagecoach Greater Manchester. With the effects of a near total lockdown leading to an inevitable loss of patronage, most of their routes will be operating an enhanced Sunday service.
With Transport for Greater Manchester tendered routes and evening journeys operated by Stagecoach Greater Manchester, no changes are proposed as yet. Some routes that never operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays, like the 236 from Glossop to Ashton (via Woolley Bridge), will be in operation to accommodate key workers.
Some services will have an inferior frequency to their usual Sunday timetable. The 216 will only be half hourly. Some peak hour only services will be cut, with the 221 losing three journeys from its already sparse timetable.
There will also be no Night Buses on the 86, 142, 192, 201, 203, 216 and 219 routes. The only Night Buses journeys that will be in operation will be on the 43 (Piccadilly – Manchester Airport).
Further revised timetables are now available at stagecoachbus.com/MCRcovid19. These special temporary timetables, which will operate across the region until further notice, are continuing to be revised to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.
Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director of Stagecoach Greater Manchester said: “We continue to play a crucial role in ensuring that key workers, such as NHS staff and the people vital to the food supply chain, can get into work.
“We have tried hard with our special temporary timetables to ensure that we are continuing to serve critical routes. If our customers feel we haven’t got things quite right, then we’d really like to receive any comments through our dedicated feedback form which can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com/coronavirus.
“I’m extremely proud of the way in way our team in Greater Manchester is pulling together to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services. They are key workers too and I would like to thank them for their continued support and resilience in these challenging times.”
Stagecoach Greater Manchester isn’t the only operator that is making further changes to its timetable. First Greater Manchester is taking a similar lead as of the 30 March 2020. Their routes will be running to an enhanced Sunday timetable with peak hour extras. Expect to see more of the same across Greater Manchester this week.
From the 29 March to the 03 April, all but two Go North West routes will have an hourly frequency. The Orbits 52 and the 135 routes are the only exceptions; they will have a half hourly frequency. The 52 will be half hourly between Salford and North Manchester General Hospital with hourly extensions to Failsworth and the intu Trafford Centre.
For further information, the Transport for Greater Manchester page on Coronavirus related bus information is a useful guide. Even more so as TfGM has (due to the Coronavirus situation) closed all its Travelshops, apart from their branches in Eccles and Altrincham.
- Transport for Greater Manchester: @OfficialTfGM;
- Stagecoach Greater Manchester and Wigan: @StagecoachGM;
- Go North West: @gnwbus;
- Diamond Bus North West: @DiamondBusNW;
- First Greater Manchester: @FirstManchester;
- Arriva North West: @arrivanorthwest;
- Burnley Bus Company: @busesburnley;
- Blackburn Bus Company: @blackburnbusco;
- Warrington’s Own Buses: @WarringtonBuses;
- Rosso: @Rossobus;
- Vision Bus: @VisionBus;
- Stott’s Tours: @BusesOldham;
- MCT Travel: @mct_travel;
- High Peak Buses: @HighPeakLive;
- South Pennine Community Transport: @SouthPennineCT.
S.V., 27 March 2020.