Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, April 2016

Tameside gets off lightly in City Region’s most comprehensive set of service changes to date

  • 202 service from Hyde to Glossop withdrawn;
  • 348 and 350 daytime journeys cut from every 10 to every 12 minutes;
  • Evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday 343 journeys rerouted and renumbered 340.
High Peak Buses
Making their Tameside debut on the 04 April will be High Peak, whose flagship route is the 199 Skyline service from Buxton to Manchester Airport. Wearing the livery of its predecessor, this Wright-bodied Volvo B7RLE is seen in Newtown, New Mills on the 25 March 2015. Image by grassrootsgroundswell (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

True to form (and inferred in our previous set of changes), the Eastertide service changes are the leftover nutty chocolates in our bus based tin of Quality Street. The close of Easter will see the most comprehensive set of service changes in Greater Manchester since the split of GM Buses in December 1993.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, January 2016

Peak hour congestion party to latest changes

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From this month’s changes, the 203 is set to benefit from improved evening journeys. Seen in 2014 is 19457, an Enviro400 approaching Stockport, seen at Ardwick Green. Photograph by Mikey (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

There is, at least in Tameside and East Manchester, little to report other than retimings for the first set of changes in 2016. Then again, regular readers of our bulletins will understand that Easter’s set of service changes are usually the worst. In other words, the nut flavoured toffees that nobody goes for in the tin of Quality Street.
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The Mossley Basic Bus Strategy: 35 Years On

A look at Greater Manchester Transport’s 1980 changes and comparison with present services

Optare Solo First Greater Manchester MA51 AEW, Denshaw
A First Greater Manchester Optare Solo seen at Denshaw, terminus of the 354 service via Greenfield and Bottom Mossley.

The 20 July 1980 was a seminal date in the history of Mossley’s bus routes. Firstly it led to the extension of the 343 route to Oldham. Secondly, it led to the rise in importance of the 350 service. Today, both the 343 and the 350 link Mossley with Oldham; the latter via Uppermill. A lot of the 1980 changes set the framework for today’s services in and around the locality from Quick Edge to Micklehurst.

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Tameside Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2014 (Or Should That Be Ashton Service Changes, Then?)

Traffic triggers latest tranche of service revisions

  • Slight change to 348’s Monday to Saturday timetable;
  • Route revision to some 350 journeys.
First Greater Manchester, Wright StreetLite, SN14 EAF Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Common fare on the 348 service as seen on the 29 May 2014: First Greater Manchester’s state of the art Wright StreetLites.

Dear passenger: have you tried getting to Ashton-under-Lyne by road lately? To say it is awful could be an understatement unless you’re travelling after 7pm. Yours truly has resorted to reading Tolstoy between Crescent Road and Penny Meadow on the 346 as a consequence. Guess what? It is going to get worse, though the hold ups are partly due to the electrification of the ‘Old Lanky’ line. This time it is affecting Mossley Road and that’s before you mention the roadworks on BT and Asda roundabouts. Oh well… Continue reading “Tameside Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2014 (Or Should That Be Ashton Service Changes, Then?)”

In Pictures: Dukinfield Garage’s New Volvo B9TLs

Action pictures of Dukinfield’s new buses on the 348 and 350 routes

For regular users of First Greater Manchester/First Pioneer service, the wait for more modern vehicles has ended, culminating in the arrival of eighteen Volvo B9TL double deckers. Now a regular feature on the 348 and 350 routes, they are much quieter and more comfortable than their predecessors. The Dennis Darts and Optare Solos, though serviceable enough on the 348 and part route journeys of the 350 (terminating at Hey Farm or Greenfield), were far from comfortable on longer journeys. Continue reading “In Pictures: Dukinfield Garage’s New Volvo B9TLs”

Volvo B9TLs Reach Dukinfield Garage

‘New’ double decker buses for First Greater Manchester’s Tameside operations

First Manchester, Volvo B9TL MX58 DZH, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Seen loading on the 409 route, some 07 and 58 reg Volvo B9TL double deckers will be seen on the 348 and 350 routes.  This example seen above isn’t one of the 18, but they will be in the new livery (Yay!).

Two Tameside bus routes will be given buses that are fit for the 21st century, instead of the late 20th century. First Greater Manchester have cascaded some of their Volvo B9TL double deckers to its Dukinfield garage. They will be seen on the 348 and 350 routes from Ashton to Carrbrook, and Ashton to Oldham via Mossley and Saddleworth. Continue reading “Volvo B9TLs Reach Dukinfield Garage”