Parking the Bus: Bus Routes That Share Numbers with Football Formations: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ever wondered which Greater Manchester bus routes share or shared their number with a football formation?

For many people, New Year’s Day isn’t only about giving up smoking, going on a diet, or alcohol abstinence. January sees the start of a 31-part soap opera known as The Transfer Window. Yes, it is that time of the year which leads to Transfer Deadline Day. The climax which sees Barclays Premier League and English Football League players change hands for silly money.

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Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 July 2014: Summertime Special

Some slight tweaks and the usual Summer timetable changes

  • Extra journey added to 217 service;
  • Operator revision to peak hour 345 service;
  • Alt Estate no longer served by 408.

S&S Travel Services, Optare Solo, KX04 HPV Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Newcomers S&S Travel Services have ran the truncated 217 service since late April. Seen here is an all white Optare Solo, usual fare for the meandering service via East Manchester.

A few changes to Tameside’s tendered services and the usual summer timetable form part of this season’s raft of service changes. In the former category, only minor changes in the Tameside and Oldham areas. Continue reading “Tameside Bus Service Changes, 27 July 2014: Summertime Special”

Dukinfield Service Changes: Off-Peak Manchester Link Scrapped

A Tameside Bus Service Changes Special Edition

JPT Travel 217 service to Tameside Hospital
From the 28 April 2014, the 217 service will revert to its pre-2004 route between Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester via Clayton, albeit with a new operator.

Could this be the tip of the iceberg? We hope not, though this prophecy could well be true given Gideon’s penchant for shrinking the public sector to the size of a walnut. Therefore, from the 28 April 2014, the most tangible signs of George Osborne’s £1billion departmental savings, from the Autumn Statement will be seen in Dukinfield.

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The Road Least Travelled: Oldham to Lees via Royal Oldham Hospital

Checkmate Coaches’ rambling and elusive circular route

Taking a trip from Lees to the Royal Oldham Hospital often means two buses. The passenger would have to board a 180, 184 or 343 to Oldham, then a 408, 409 or 428 to the Royal Oldham Hospital.

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