Well, at least they tried. When Stagecoach launched nightbus services from Shudehill Interchange to destinations in south Manchester last year it was hailed as a boon to Northern Quarter and Printworks revellers. Then recently Stagecoach axed these routes and replaced them with a shuttle bus, numbered 200, linking Shudehill with Piccadilly Gardens where buses to the south of the city traditionally start their journeys.
Now the GMPTE website reveals that as of the 12th of June the 200 is axed and late-night travellers will have to walk to Piccadilly instead. It's no real surprise. In the time you'd have waited for a bus and then made the slow journey through several sets of traffic lights you could have walked.
In our experience the true culprit here is quite simply taxis - if you've been paying close to £4 per pint in bars like Bluu, you're probably perfectly happy to pay for a taxi rather than trek off through the rain-and-vomit-soaked streets to catch a bus.
If you had been drinking all night, the bus would probably look something like this one, by Zawtowers on Flickr.