Looks like the Stockport to Sale route will be on after all. Regular Manchester Buses reader Shaun has spotted a listing on the VOSA website. Stagecoach is launching a new service X5 from Stockport to Sale in January.
The route isn't described so that's anyone's guess. As it's a limited stop service we'd guess that it's the most direct route: Edgeley, Cheadle, Gatley, Sharston, Baguely and Brooklands. That said, according to comments on previous posts here there's demand for a service connecting Heaton Mersey with Sale Grammar School, so we'll just have to wait and see what emerges.
In other news, JPT has recently announced yet more new journeys on a number of routes. These include Friday and Saturday late-night journeys on services 118 and 135 (with service 118 running via its daytime route as far as Moston before extending to Oldham. JPT also has Friday and Saturday evening journeys on service 77 (Manchester - Moston) and a single Saturday morning journey on service 86 (Chorlton - Manchester). There are extra journeys on service 17 and a revised route on the late-night Friday and Saturday journeys.
JPT has a scattergun approach to expansion but at least it stops larger rivals engaging in a UK North-style bus war with them.
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