Today saw the launch of the recently announced Bolton Metroshuttle service. Middleton-based operator Bluebird have won the contract to operate the service which runs every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes. Two 25-seat single decker Enviro 200 buses will run on the free-to-use route which serves a circular route around much of Bolton's town centre. The new route appears to be numbered 500, a number that those with long memories may remember used to be used on the old Bolton - Manchester Airport service.
When GMPTA's new Chairman, Matthew Colledge, took over the role during the summer he pledged to extend Manchester's successful Metroshuttle scheme across the region. We've previously predicted that Stockport would be next to get a free town centre route and that has now been confirmed by GMPTE. What's even better is that this new service is due to begin on the 29th of November, numbered 300.
The Stockport service will run every 12 minutes daily and will serve Stockport's bus and train stations, the town centre shops and the large Tesco store just outside the centre. It's due to be operated by Solutions SK, an operator owned by Stockport Council.