Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

More summertime tweaks

  • Exactly what it says on the tin;
  • MCT Travel gains 418 from M Travel;
  • CityZap zapped.
Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
The 409: one of a few First Greater Manchester services falling under the summertime timetables. This oldie, seen at Royton, was previously owned by First Bradford.

Once again the summertime changes are a quiet one for Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. Apart from the usual adjusted summer times, there has only been four notable service changes.
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Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

All the usual summertime tweaks

  • Waterton Lane link severed to improve reliability of 353 and 354 service;
  • Summertime bus times in operation on First Greater Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester routes;
  • Slight tweaks to some tendered services.
Stagecoach Manchester, Optare Solo PO56 RNY, Stalybridge
Retimed? the 340, alongside other Stagecoach journeys operated from Middleton depot, is down as retimed on the Stagecoach Manchester website. In fact, there are no differences to the timetable seen in TfGM’s Bus Guide on the 340 and 343 routes.

The summertime changes are usually quieter than the spring and autumn service changes. This summer’s no exception with the bulk of changes being the adoption of School Holiday Timetables.
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In Pictures: Where ‘It’s Coming Home’ Means Returning to a Stagecoach Depot

Stagecoach Manchester’s novel way of sending buses back to the depot

Many buses returning to the depot tend to have a slightly curt ‘Sorry Not In Service’ on the front indicator. Sometimes a more blunt ‘Not In Service’ or ‘Engaged’. The Bee Line Buzz Company’s minibuses opted for ‘Buzzing Off to the Depot’ for their depot transfers. Stagecoach Manchester, due to the World Cup have gone a step further thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

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Homes of Football Exhibition Sponsors’ Photography Competition

Stagecoach Manchester marks sponsorship of Homes of Football exhibition with photographic competition

If you look at how many Stagecoach bus routes pass Greater Manchester’s football grounds, you may be surprised to find how many do. The 250, X50, and 256 routes pass Old Trafford for example; the 216 and 231, outside the Etihad Stadium. The 201 is good for getting to Ewen Fields, Hyde United’s humble abode. By day, the 236 and 237 pass Bower Fold and Surrey Street – the homes of Stalybridge Celtic and Glossop North End football clubs respectively.

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Stagecoach Manchester: Congestion Behind 15% Drop in Average Bus Speeds

Why Stagecoach Manchester is urging politicians to tackle congestion and improve air quality

  • Bus operator writes to local politicians across Greater Manchester;
  • Stagecoach says passengers are ‘paying the price for short-sighted policies’;
  • Survey shows how bus speeds in Greater Manchester have fallen by 15% since 1997.
Enviro400 Stagecoach Manchester, MX08 GNU, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Back in 1997, the average journey time from Dukinfield [Albion Hotel] to Ashton-under-Lyne bus station on the 346 route was seven minutes. Today, the average is nearer 12 minutes with traffic lights the bane of this route on reaching Ashton-under-Lyne town centre.

Once more, Stagecoach Manchester have urged local politicians to get tough on congestion which has seen bus speeds fall by 15% in Greater Manchester. The conurbation’s largest bus operator, in terms of market share and fleet size, have also called to place buses at the heart of environmental health policies. Continue reading “Stagecoach Manchester: Congestion Behind 15% Drop in Average Bus Speeds”

Commemorative Bus Wrap Unveiled to Remember Manchester Arena Attack

Stagecoach Manchester bus covered in Manchester Together vehicle graphics

At this time of writing you would have seen and heard about our nation’s remembrance of the 22 people who died in the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Being a year since the attack, local, national, and international media covered the vigils and the memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.
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Women Into Transport Inspires Budding Photographer

Photography student inspired by Stagecoach Manchester project

In the last year, Stagecoach Manchester have launched their Women Into Transport campaign. Its aim is to make the transport industry an attractive one for female employees. With female drivers only accounting for 6% of Stagecoach Manchester’s driving staff, they hosted open days at their Sharston and Ashton-under-Lyne depots. The latter was also the subject of an outside broadcast by Tameside Radio.

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Smooth Operators: Why 489 Bus Drivers Lead The Way In Safe Driving

Stagecoach Manchester bus drivers recognised for safe driving skills and fuel efficiency

Alongside punctuality and reliability, comfort tops the list of many a passenger’s experience on Britain’s most popular form of public transport. Seats are one factor, from back support to legroom. Another factor is the bus’ ride quality. Does it glide along the East Lancashire Road, or does a trip along Victoria Street feel like The Grand National?

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The Ray Mill Fire: How Stagecoach Manchester Drivers Kept Manchester Moving

How 63 drivers responded to the Ray Mill fire in Stalybridge

Stagecoach Manchester MAN, MX54 LRV, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Business as usual: thanks to 63 quick-thinking drivers, emergency plans to keep Tameside and East Manchester moving saw minimal disruption to Stagecoach Manchester services.

Last Saturday night/Sunday morning, a huge fire engulfed Ray Mill on Tame Street, Stalybridge. Built in 1907 it was seen for miles around from many a passing train, numerous 343 buses, and local hills. Like its long demolished sister mill, Victor Mill, it was one of Courtauld’s Stalybridge cotton mills.

Before Saturday night, Ray Mill was home to a number of small businesses. There was also an highly acclaimed dance studio. It was also one of the last mills in Stalybridge to cease cotton spinning. Previous occupants had included the double glazing company Warmshield.

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