First Greater Manchester Set to Close Rusholme Depot

Cost-cutting measures will see South Manchester operations moved to Queens Road depot

Cross Connect: one of First Greater Manchester’s early attempts at trying to break into the lucrative South Manchester corridor.

Five years after purchasing the bus operations of Finglands Coachways, First Greater Manchester is set to rationalise its operations in South Manchester. As well as pulling out of the 42 route to East Didsbury, their Rusholme depot will be closed.

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Tameside Bus Service Changes, Winter 2018

More tinkering around at the edges

  • Retimed 206, 347 and 350 routes;
  • Revised route on 341 service.

In the Tameside area for once, very few changes to report with the biggest changes affecting the 341 service.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

School day times are back up town

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
Back to school: school days times will be reinstated on the 409 and other key routes in Oldham and Saddleworth.

For many Oldham and Saddleworth passengers, this autumn’s timetable changes affect seasonal timetables. Yes, as the nights get longer, the school day times are back on the agenda.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

Timetables revert to schoolday times

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
System Restore: timetables revert to pre-School Holiday times.

Throughout the borough, most of this autumn’s service changes entail the reversion of summer timetables to schooldays timetables. For once, a fairly quiet autumn.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

More summertime tweaks

  • Exactly what it says on the tin;
  • MCT Travel gains 418 from M Travel;
  • CityZap zapped.

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
The 409: one of a few First Greater Manchester services falling under the summertime timetables. This oldie, seen at Royton, was previously owned by First Bradford.

Once again the summertime changes are a quiet one for Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. Apart from the usual adjusted summer times, there has only been four notable service changes.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

All the usual summertime tweaks

  • Waterton Lane link severed to improve reliability of 353 and 354 service;
  • Summertime bus times in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes;
  • Slight tweaks to some tendered services.

Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
Retimed?┬áthe 340, alongside other Stagecoach journeys operated from Middleton depot, is down as retimed on the Stagecoach Manchester website. In fact, there are no differences to the timetable seen in TfGM’s Bus Guide on the 340 and 343 routes.

The summertime changes are usually quieter than the spring and autumn service changes. This summer’s no exception with the bulk of changes being the adoption of School Holiday Timetables.
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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: The Final Tie

The World Cup of Greater Manchester Bus Routes Final: V1 v. 184

Now, the end is near… yes, after several group stages and knockout rounds, we have now reached the final tie. The game of all games, the clash of all clashes… Forget France versus Croatia, this is the one.

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2018 World Cup of GM Bus Routes: Pendle Hills or Pennine Foothills

Third Place Play-off: 343 v. X43

Almost a month has gone since the 2018 World Cup of Greater Manchester Bus Routes began. There has been some surprises in the group and knockout stages. Especially the X43’s defeat in semi-finals to the V1 route. Equally surprising was the 343’s defeat of the 192 service.

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In Pictures: Where ‘It’s Coming Home’ Means Returning to a Stagecoach Depot

Stagecoach Manchester’s novel way of sending buses back to the depot

Many buses returning to the depot tend to have a slightly curt ‘Sorry Not In Service’ on the front indicator. Sometimes a more blunt ‘Not In Service’ or ‘Engaged’. The Bee Line Buzz Company’s minibuses opted for ‘Buzzing Off to the Depot’ for their depot transfers. Stagecoach Manchester, due to the World Cup have gone a step further thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

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