Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200, SN67 WVJ, Stockport bus station

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 District. After privatisation, it became part of the Molesway Group, which became part of Easyway in 1995. In 1998, Easyway Luxton was sold to its management before falling into Gem Travel’s hands in 2007.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

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.

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Stagecoach Manchester Enviro200 MX11 HHC, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station

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 contact and non-essential travel to help combat the Coronavirus.

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Enviro400, First Greater Manchester, Oldham bus station

Greater Manchester Bus Fare Changes, January 2020

What’s going up, what’s staying the same, and what’s going down?

This year’s bus fare changes could be fairly grim for some passengers, particularly those in North Manchester. The 02 January 2020 sees the expiration of the Diamond Bus North West/Go North West/First Greater Manchester ticket agreement. Instead of one FirstDay ticket for most of North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and Bolton, three single operator day saver tickets cover the area.

Thankfully, System One Travelcards’ multi-operator tickets can bridge the gap, though these are going up in price. Stagecoach Greater Manchester will be raising the price of their season tickets but single fares will be frozen.

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Rochdale Service Changes (27-10-2019) image.

Greater Manchester Bus Franchising: The Infographic

East of the M60‘s exclusive infographic on how bus franchising could take shape in Greater Manchester

At this time of writing, we only have four days left of 2019. For the people of Greater Manchester, there is less than a fortnight to go till we hit the deadline for GMCA’s Bus Franchising Consultation.

Outside London, the United Kingdom is pretty much alone in having a deregulated bus network. Bus franchising or publicly owned buses is the norm around the world. In the USA as well as the former Soviet Union republics, EU Member States and Asia.

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First Greater Manchester Ancient Volvo, Oldham, 2018

North Manchester Bus Fare Changes: Why Three is a Tragic Number

First/Diamond/Go North West ticketing agreement ends in New Year

For Greater Mancunian bus, train, and tram passengers, there is nothing peculiar about the 02 January 2020. As it is the first working day of 2020, it is at that point of the year when our bus, train and tram fares go up.

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