Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2015: Reconstruction Time Again

Simplification order of the day for local services

  • X80 buses revert to 180 journeys;
  • Cuts to 81, 81A and 425 services;
  • S&S Travel Services loses 418 service.
Enviro400 First Greater Manchester SN12 AHD, Mumps Bridge, Oldham
Soon to be the ex-X80: First Greater Manchester’s flirtation with the X80 limited stop service ends on the 19 July. Thankfully with the 180 reverting to being a full time service.

For Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers, could the impact of the Metrolink be more profound than we expected? Changes to the frequencies of the 81, 81A and 83 could ascertain this hypothesis. Continue reading “Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2015: Reconstruction Time Again”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: The Axemen Cameth

MCT and Stagecoach benefit from FirstGroup retreat

  • Spring 2015 cuts confirmed: affected services running to similar timetable as Sunday services;
  • FirstGroup lose evening services;
  • Dukinfield’s Mancunian way, three return journeys on weekdays.
Manchester Community Transport - YJ13HLH - Manchester - 17 October 2014
Seeing the most significant gains to this round of service changes will be Manchester Community Transport whose presence in the borough will be greatly expanded. Seen here is YJ13 HLH, an Eco-Hybrid Optare Solo in Portland Street, Manchester. Photograph by Steven Hughes (Creative Commons Non-Commercial Some Rights Reserved License)

Apart from the fact the scale of Spring 2015’s cutbacks had been anticipated, the biggest headlines should be reserved for the operator changes. Continue reading “Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Spring 2015: The Axemen Cameth”

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.

Big style. Continue reading “Dukinfield Service Changes: Off-Peak Manchester Link Scrapped”