The Trafford Centre management have been in touch to fill us in on some pretty major changes to First's services in Salford. The changes mean better links to the Trafford Centre but a much poorer service for Brookhouse residents, who lose their First service entirely. The estate is now entirely Arriva territory.
Here's the lowdown:
First have registered the following changes, effective from Sunday 30th August:
1) Service 68: The Trafford Centre - Bolton
Service 68, which previously ran between Bolton and Manchester, is being rerouted to run between Bolton and The Trafford Centre. The service will operate 7 days a week from early till late, up to every 30 minutes, and will provide new direct links from The Trafford Centre to the following areas:
Farnworth (many parts of which not currently served by service 22)
2) Service 100: Manchester Shudehill - Warrington
The daytime timetable is significantly upgraded to operate every 10 minutes (currently every 20 minutes) between The Trafford Centre and Manchester.
Evening journeys from The Trafford Centre to Hollins Green have been retimed to better reflect the staff finish times.
The service is rerouted between Eccles and The Trafford Centre to run via Patricroft bridge and Barton Road.
3) Service 110: The Trafford Centre - Manchester Shudehill
Service 10 currently operates between Brookhouse and Manchester and is run jointly by Arriva and First. From the end of August, First are rerouting their service to run between The Trafford Centre and Manchester, and renumbering it 110, no longer serving Peel Green and Brookhouse. The service will operate every 20 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and will provide new direct links from The Trafford Centre to the following areas:
Liverpool Street (Eccles)
Arriva’s service 10 will still operate from Brookhouse to Manchester and will not serve The Trafford Centre.
The new 110 will operate along the current 100 route between The Trafford Centre and Eccles, and the 68 will operate along the current 22 (and new 100) routes.