Among the numerous changes for next month listed on GMPTE’s service changes page, the Hayton’s Coaches-run 44 (Manchester – Gatley) service is extended to Manchester Airport via Styal Road.
Meanwhile, in the north of the city region Bluebird withdrawing from the 181 and 182 Manchester – Shaw/Rochdale services where it has been competing with First ever since Stagecoach Manchester gave up the route a couple of years back. At the same time, the independent operator is boosting the number of journeys on its 72 (Manchester – Chadderton) service and extending evening/Sunday journeys on service 88 (Manchester – White Moss) to Middleton and renumbering them as service 80.
Elsewhere, JPT continues to spar with First by introducing evening and Sunday journeys on service 163 (Manchester – Bury), and services 195 and 196 (West Didsbury – Heald Green Circular) are rerouted to run between West Didsbury and Cheadle.
Many more September changes are listed by GMPTE, many of which we suspect are merely reflecting the end of Stagecoach and First’s summer timetables. Without full timetable information it’s hard to tell for sure. We’ll let you know more when we have it.
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