Social Distancing On The Buses, Greater Manchester Style

A look at how social distancing is being upheld on Greater Manchester’s bus routes Scene One: Gem Travel Luxton depot Stan Butler Junior has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by working in the bus industry. He drives the 346 to Cemetery Gates, originally the 11 and 11A before National Bus Company took over Luxton and…

Bus and Coach Worker Support Day: Stagecoach Pays Tribute

Industry united in supporting Britain’s bus and coach workers On Tuesday, Stagecoach paid tribute to the country’s bus and coach workers, to mark Bus and Coach Worker Support Day. This recognises the thousands of people involved in keeping key bus services running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stagecoach to Introduce Exact Fares Only Policy

No change given policy for cash fares on Stagecoach Greater Manchester buses from 04 May Stagecoach Greater Manchester has today updated its guidance to customers on fare payment methods on its services while the current special bus network arrangements are in place. In addition to asking customers to use contactless, mobile or pre-payment methods, an…

Revolutionary Renumbering Exercise Aims to Boost Bus Patronage in Tameside

Unique renumbering exercise aims to be more user-friendly than present system There hasn’t been a comprehensive renumbering exercise in Tameside since SELNEC PTE became Greater Manchester PTE. Since the start of bus deregulation, some routes have been renumbered to suit the operator’s requirements. In the main, most of Tameside’s bus route numbers are in the…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures: Sunday Service Across Stagecoach Greater Manchester Routes

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures: Changes to Greater Manchester Bus Services

Important information for bus passengers during the Coronavirus situation Due to concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there will be a reduced service on Greater Manchester’s bus routes. Generally, the City Region’s bus operators will either run a Saturday service or an enhanced Sunday service. This is in line with new government advice around social…

Stagecoach Greater Manchester’s Quality Partnership Gamble

Could £142m ten-year partnership proposal be a last gasp attempt to derail bus franchising in Greater Manchester? With only weeks to go till Andy Burnham makes his decision on the future of Greater Manchester’s bus network, Stagecoach Greater Manchester have come up with proposals for a £142 million partnership scheme. Published today, the City Region’s…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 26 January 2020

More tinkering around the edges: nothing too drastic Unlike the previous set of changes which has butchered Greenfield’s bus network, the latest set of changes are a more sedate affair. Usually, this is a lull before the storm of post-Easter changes.

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 26 January 2020

Traffic chaos curtails 150 route 150 route curtailed to begin in Gorton; Retiming tweaks for 389 and 350 routes. As is the norm for the January set of changes, the first set of bus service changes of 2020 is a sedate affair. If you live in Stalybridge or Ashton-under-Lyne, only two routes are subject to…

Bus Route Numbers: Is 3, X3, 3A or 3x The Magic Number?

For East of the M60‘s 2000th article, we look at the art of bus route numbering If you live in Oldham, you may be wondering why the 409 used to be the 9. You may be asking yourself why some operators use suffixes and prefixes in addition to numbers. Why, might you ask, do several…

Important Changes to Senior Citizens’ Passes on 01 February

£10.00 per annum charge for unlimited off-peak tram and train travel in Greater Manchester If you are a passenger of pensionable age in Greater Manchester, there’s every chance you will be using your concessionary pass to access the City Region’s buses, trains and trams. In the weekends, you may be able to take a train,…