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  • 10:43 on October 21, 2017 Permalink  

    One of the other companies changing bus times in October is High Peak and only a few of their services are affected. The following are the service changes:

    Service 61: Buxton – Glossop

    The peak timetable is revised to improve reliability and the 19:20 weekday journey from Glossop to Hayfield is withdrawn following changes to the 202/341 service.

    Service 65: Buxton – Sheffield

    This service will wholly be operated by High Peak Buses and the timetable will be revised to improve reliability. Also, the service will be branded as Peaks and Dales and two refurbished buses will operate on the route with modern interiors and free Wi-Fi.

    Service 193: Buxton – Wardlow Mires

    This service will be withdrawn following changes to our 65 service. Journeys on service 193 will be included as part of service 65 and numbered 65A.

    Service 202/341: Glossop – Hyde

    Following Derbyshire County Council’s re-tendering of the service, route 202 is being dropped with service 341 being extended to compensate. High Peak no longer will be the operator with Stotts taking over from them.

    Marple Shopper Services 303, 304, 305

    These services will be withdrawn following a review by TfGM.

    Service 394: Glossop – Stepping Hill

    This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

    Service P1: Poynton – Hazel Grove

    This service will be revised to improve reliability at peak times.

  • 10:24 on October 21, 2017 Permalink  

    While I associate autumn bus service changes with September, there are some companies that do them in October and Stagecoach Manchester is among them. Mostly, the alterations are about maintaining punctuality but there are some due to low patronage and loss of Transport fro Greater Manchester (TfGM) contracts too. Here then is a list of what is changing:

    Service 7: Stockport – Ashton

    To improve punctuality, Monday to Friday journeys will be re-timed.

    Service 15: Flixton – Manchester

    To improve punctuality, Saturday morning journeys re-timed.

    Service 23, 23A: Stockport – intu Trafford Centre

    Monday to Saturday daytime services re-timed to run every 30 minutes. Together, they provide a bus every 15 minutes between Stockport and intu Trafford Centre.

    Service 24: Stockport – MediaCityUK

    Unfortunately owing to low patronage, it has become necessary to withdraw service 24.

    Service 33: Wigan – Manchester

    Monday to Saturday evening journeys will operated by Diamond. Sunday timetable revised.

    Service 34: Bryn – Manchester

    Buses will no longer serve the bus stop on the A6 at Westwood.

    Service 43: Manchester – Manchester Airport

    To improve punctuality, Monday to Saturday journeys will be re-timed.

    Service 50: MediaCityUK – East Didsbury

    By customer request, an additional late journey will be introduced Monday to Saturday at 00:10 from MediaCityUK.

    Service 53: Cheetham Hill – Salford Shopping Centre

    Service will be operated by First Manchester.

    Service 56A, 57A: Bank House – Manchester

    This service has been discontinued by TfGM.

    Service 129: Middleton – Hollin circular

    Daily evening and Sunday daytime service introduced following the award of a TfGM contract partially replacing service 156.

    Service 156: Manchester – Middleton

    Service curtailed to run between Manchester and Middleton only. Travel between Middleton and Hollin will be provided by new service 129.

    Service 203: Stockport – Manchester

    To improve punctuality, Saturday and Sunday morning journeys re-timed.

    Service 219: Ashton – Manchester

    To improve punctuality, Monday to Friday peak time journeys re-timed.

    Service 250: intu Trafford Centre – Manchester

    Early morning journeys before 06:00 revised to provide additional journeys. Monday to Friday, buses will leave Manchester Piccadilly at 05:09, 05:34 and  05:59. From intu Trafford Centre buses will leave at 05:47, 06:12 and 06:37.

    Service 255: Partington – Manchester

    To improve punctuality, Monday to Saturday early morning journeys will be re-timed.

    Service 256: Flixton – Manchester

    To improve punctuality, Saturday morning and Sunday daytime journeys will be re-timed.

  • 09:59 on October 20, 2017 Permalink  

    Yesterday, Arriva Northwest operated next to none of its buses because of a 24 hour strike by drivers and engineers and others are planned for 2017-11-06, 2017-11-08, 2017-11-13, 2017-11-20 and 2017-11-27. Both of these are on weekdays so the stoppages will affect commuters so other alternative travel or work arrangements will be needed while others will need to look at their plans too. In all my time living in Cheshire, this is the first time that I recall this happening and it is about pay rises as these things so often are.

  • 13:17 on September 23, 2017 Permalink  

    Liverpool Lime Street is being upgraded this autumn. More details on Network Rail website.

  • 12:18 on September 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Stagecoach Manchester are revising their bus services in North Manchester, Oldham & Tameside South Manchester & Stockport, Salford & Wigan and the list of affected services is at the bottom of this entry. On service 86, the 04:55 journey from Piccadilly to Chorlton is withdrawn and service 634 no longer will be operated by Stagecoach. Service 85A is being withdrawn and journeys are replaced with route 85, which runs via Alexandra Road South to Arrowfield Road instead of via Withington Road and Whalley Range. The last Monday to Saturday evening journeys on service 313 will be 22:20 from Stockport and 22:46 from Grove Lane while Sunday evening journeys stay as they are. To end on a more promising note, service 118 frequency will be increased to four per hour (every 15 minutes) on Sundays so their are more buses serving North Manchester General Hospital.

    North Manchester, Oldham & Tameside
    7, 56, 57, 81, 112, 118, 216, 219, 221, 231, 236, 237, 347.

    South Manchester & Stockport
    7, 11, 11A, 15, 23, 23A, 24, 42, 42A, 42B, 50, 53, 85, 85A, 86, 101, 102, 103, 111, 142, 143, 168, 171, 172, 179, 192,
    201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 250, 255, 256, 309, 310, 312, 313, 330, 345, 358, 368, 370, 372, 374, 375, 380, 381, 383, 384.

    Salford & Wigan
    34, 38, 50, 540, 600, 621, 628, 630, 634, 658.

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