Optare Solo, Stagecoach Greater Manchester, MX58 HCK

Oldham, Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 25 October 2020

Welcome restoration of Stalybridge to Hyde route

For regular readers used to seeing a separate Oldham and Saddleworth bulletin, this edition covers the Oldham, Tameside and Glossop areas due to the lack of changes in Oldham. Apart from one route that covers the Oldham and Tameside areas.

  • New 387 route bridges Stalyhill gap;
  • Daytime 41As replaced by rerouted 335 route;
  • 389s to serve Tennyson Avenue;
  • 419 withdrawn and replaced by rerouted 396;
  • New Manchester to Sheffield service launched.

Though most of this October’s round of service changes will affect passengers in the Wigan and Bolton area, there are some significant changes for Tameside and Oldham passengers. All of which affect tendered services operated by Stott’s Tours. Those hitherto operated by MCT Travel, prior to HCT Group’s departure from Greater Manchester.

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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 30 August 2020

Bank Holiday changes see last minute reprieve for Dane Bank – Denton link

  • 204, 206 and 207 replaced by new 202 service;
  • New Denton – Dane Bank link created – thanks to local campaign;
  • 7 split into three variants (7, 7A and 7B);
  • 205 reverts to being Dane Bank – Piccadilly Gardens bus route;
  • Cuts to Saturday journeys on 350 route;
  • Change of operator and route for 236 service;
  • Plus all the usual minor changes.

Just to make things a little confusing, this year’s Autumn changes will be implemented on the eve of August Bank Holiday. In the past decade, the August changes have taken place on the Sunday after August Bank Holiday, giving some Bank Holiday travellers a week’s grace.

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South Pennine Community Transport bus

Oldham and Tameside Bus Service Changes Extra

South Pennine Community Transport and MCT Travel service changes

Since our earlier look at Tameside’s Bus Service Changes, three more changes were announced.

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First Greater Manchester Citaro Interior

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 01 September 2019

Spoils of FirstGroup’s Tamexit sees sweeping changes

  • Ashton local services rationalised;
  • No more post-7pm buses from Stalybridge to Hyde;
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday 236s axed.

Most of this September’s changes are affected by FirstGroup’s retreat from the Tameside area. Within the next month, Tameside’s biggest two bus operators will be Stagecoach Manchester and MCT Travel. As for the service changes, not particularly good reading.

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Ashton Bus Station By Night

Our Network: Tameside’s Future Transport Network in Greater Manchester

Why Andy Burnham has moved one step closer to bus franchising and how this affects Tameside

Greater Manchester is one step closer to seeing off Nicholas Ridley’s free market experiment. A free market experiment that has seen a 45% drop in bus patronage in Greater Manchester. An experiment which has seen swingeing cuts to the city region’s bus routes and the shotgun divorce of GM Buses in 1994.

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South Pennine Community Transport bus

South Pennine Goes Contactless!

South Pennine Community Transport introduces contactless payments on the 29 April 2019

On both sides of the Pennines, Arriva, Stagecoach, and FirstGroup have introduced contactless payments on their buses. Instead of fumbling for change, they offer casual passengers another way to pay for their bus fares. So far, smaller independent operators have begun to add contactless payments on their buses.

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A Sheffield Transport bus in restored condition.

Crossing the South Pennines By Bus: A Lost Bus Routes Special

The threads left behind by Manchester’s lost bus links with Barnsley and Sheffield

The 04 January 2020 will soon be a significant anniversary date in trans-Pennine transport history. That date will be the 50th anniversary of the cessation of passenger services along the Woodhead line. Had the Woodhead line stayed open today, the all-electric route between Hadfield and Sheffield could have been useful to First Transpennine Express and East Midlands Trains. Not only as a diversionary route but also a viable alternative to the Hope Valley line.

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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 and Saddleworth Bus Changes Extra, Winter 2017

Changes to South Pennine Community Transport and Tameside Local Link services

South Pennine Community Transport, GK52 OLA, Renault Master/Rohill Harrier, High Street, Uppermill
South Pennine Community Transport’s then newly formed 352 service outside The Commercial Hotel, Uppermill.

Since our Tameside and Saddleworth area bus service changes articles went to press, here’s news of a couple of changes that have escaped our radar.
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Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester

Good clean bus fun for all the family, ages 5 and up

First Greater Manchester, Volvo B9TL, Wright Gemini Eclipse, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From Carrbrook to Carrington, or Radcliffe to Ringway… the bus can be a great way of exploring Greater Manchester. Seen in this October 2012 shot is one of First Greater Manchester’s Volvo B9TLs on the 348 service to Carrbrook. Today, this service uses ‘A’ stand at Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station and is more likely to have Wright StreetLite single deckers on its route.

The summer holidays are in full swing. Yes, four to six weeks of “Mum, I’m bored”, or trying to find suitable childcare options. Or trying to budget for six weeks of lunches without breaking the bank. On some occasions you may wish to leave the house. A bus trip could be a good excuse for visiting Greater Manchester’s finest attractions, or somewhere further afield. Or for notching up your Pokémon Go score. Continue reading “Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester”