Users of Arriva's ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford to the Trafford Centre already have reason to be pessimistic about its future. Before Christmas GMPTE removed its share of the funding that keeps the service running. Now the trial extension of the service from the Trafford Centre to The Chill Factor ski facility is being withdrawn.
The change, from the 30th of March, presumably means no more funding from The Chill Factor. That leaves Peel Holdings (owners of the Trafford Centre) to fund the service alone. Let's hope they see the value of the service. As we've said before, there may be other services from Stretford to the Trafford Centre but they're certainly not as well advertised or integrated into the Metrolink service as the ML1 is.