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

The Shape of Bus Fares Before and During Franchised Bus Operations

The state of Greater Manchester’s bus fares before and during franchised bus operations

Greater Manchester has over thirty different bus operators. At present, this means over thirty different fare tables. Over sixty should you count half fares within the City Region. Once you get into cross-boundary operations, there are two or more sets of concessionary fares to deal with. The 358 route has three sets of concessionary fares: Cheshire East and Derbyshire rates as well as TfGM’s fares.

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A Fare Deal for Thousands of Jobseekers

New scheme aims to help unemployed persons and newly employed people get to work

Transport for Greater Manchester’s plans aim to eliminate one significant barrier which unemployed and previously unemployed persons face when travelling to and from job interviews or workplaces. Seen here is Dennis Dart SLF WA56 OAO, loading at Oldham bus station on the 350 service to Ashton-under-Lyne via Saddleworth.

Following the success of a trial scheme, Greater Manchester’s jobseekers are set to get a fare deal. Thanks to government funding, 24,000 tickets will be made available for unemployed people attending job interviews or persons settling into their new job. This will be effective till March 2015. Continue reading “A Fare Deal for Thousands of Jobseekers”

System One’s Economy Drive Continues: Cheaper Bus Travel Till April 2014

Price cut continues for Buscard tickets

Any Bus Will Do: Andrew Fender and Richard Soper seen promoting the joys of the Buscard. (© 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd)
Andrew Fender and Richard Soper seen promoting the joys of the Buscard in September 2013. (© 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd)

Great news for regular bus users in Greater Manchester: System One’s price cut on its Buscard tickets has been extended. The original promotion was set to finish on the 25 January this year. Owing to popular demand, it has been extended till the 26 April 2014. Continue reading “System One’s Economy Drive Continues: Cheaper Bus Travel Till April 2014”

System One’s Economy Drive: Cheaper Bus Travel Till Early 2014

Welcome price cut for Buscard tickets

Any Bus Will Do: Andrew Fender and Richard Soper seen promoting the joys of the Buscard. (© 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd)
Any Bus Will Do: Andrew Fender and Richard Soper seen promoting the joys of the Buscard. (© 2013 Tangerine PR Ltd)

For most ordinary Britons, the economy is tanking or flatlining at best. We are feeling the pinch from higher food prices, utility bills and petrol costs. Bus users too are no exception: though single fares have continued to rise, operators have frozen or reduced the price of their season tickets. A recent price cut has seen increased patronage on Manchester bound buses, particular those of First Greater Manchester’s services. Continue reading “System One’s Economy Drive: Cheaper Bus Travel Till Early 2014”

I Want My G.M.T… (Get Me There)

Transport for Greater Manchester unveils new Oyster style travel card

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Not an exclusive peek at the future design but then again, who knows?

Details have emerged over Transport for Greater Manchester’s Oyster Clone. Eschewing the single word animal names of Merseytravel ITA and Transport for London, Transport for Greater Manchester have elected to call their equivalent ‘Get Me There’. It is aimed that TfGM’s name would ‘do what it says on the card’, albeit by bus, Metrolink and local rail services. Continue reading “I Want My G.M.T… (Get Me There)”

Mancunian Oystercard Online for 2013 Release

TfGM gains £32.5 million grant for a ‘Digital ClipperCard’ scheme

The Future of Greater Manchester’s Transport: our impression of how TfGM’s Oyster Card may look (Logo © 2011 Transport for Greater Manchester)

In most parts of the United Kingdom, outside of London, changing from bus to train incurs a financial penalty. If a passenger travels from Leigh to Southport, the quickest way on public transport would involve two sets of tickets: a FirstDay ticket for the 582 to Atherton, then a return ticket from Atherton to Southport. Continue reading “Mancunian Oystercard Online for 2013 Release”

Big Day Out Looms for Greater Manchester Charities

Three Charities to Win Share of £5,000 from System One Travelcards

From Pennington Flash to Werneth Low, or Peel Tower to Dunham Massey, three local charities could win a share of £5,000 towards a ‘Big Day Out’ this summer.

Following a report from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, it was revealed that small voluntary organisations were facing their toughest year yet. Due to our double dip recession, 27% of such bodies are planning to cut paid staff numbers over the coming months. Many of which are cutting expenditure.

With this in mind – and the success of last year’s Big Day Out, System One Travelcards decided to repeat the competition this March. A public appeal from System One for suitable groups led to a shortlist of 18 groups, with representation from each of the ten boroughs which make up Greater Manchester.

Among the eighteen shortlisted (from Manchester) are the Boaz Trust, a charity which supports destitute asylum seekers. Another one, Reclaim, works with young people, offering leadership skills and youth mentoring services. Also shortlisted is Wythenshawe FM, a community radio station.

A further 15 non-profit organisations are facing the public vote. They are: Continue reading “Big Day Out Looms for Greater Manchester Charities”