It's now over nine months since Stagecoach inherited the former Maynes network of routes between Manchester and Tameside. Some of those old Mayne route numbers are now to disappear in a reshuffle of Stagecoach's routes in the area. The GMPTA Transport Network Committee met on Friday and the notes from their meeting reveal the following changes:
- Service 216 (Manchester - Ashton-under-Lyne) sees a Monday - Saturday frequency increase from every 30 minutes to every 15. Sunday eveing journeys are introduced, operating every 30 minutes, to replace services 236 and 237 on this section of the route.
- Services 217 and 218 (Manchester - Tameside Hospital) are extended from Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne to provide a circular loop around Mossley.
- Service 230 (Manchester - Ashton-under-Lyne) is withdrawn and replaced by an improved service 231.
- Service 231 (Manchester - Droylsden Littlemoss Road) Now runs every 15 minutes between Manchester and Droysden (Littlemoss Road) with alternate journeys extending to Ashton-under-Lyne via Hartshead and Hurst. All journeys will start from/run to Piccadilly in Manchester, with Shudehill Interchange no longer served.
- Services 232/233/234/235 (Manchester - Mossley circulars) are withdrawn. The Mossley circular section of route is replaced by services 217 and 218, while Droylsden, Littlemoss, Hartshead and Hurst are now linked by service 231.
- Service 236/237 (Manchester - Glossop) are finally completely banished from Manchester in the evenings. Over the years these services have had many of their journeys curtailed to run between Ashton-under-Lyne and Glossop. Now only Monday to Friday peak journeys and the Friday and Saturday night nightbuses run the full length of the route.
All these changes take place on the 26th of October. Co-incidentally First Pioneer are withdrawing their 387 (Ashton-under-Lyne - Hyde) service on the same day.
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