There hasn’t been a bus service over the moors at Owd Betts between Rochdale and Rawtenstall since 2004: although it is the most direct route between the two towns, there are far more passengers to be found along the Whitworth valley route via Bacup, enough for a ten minute frequency on Rossendalebus’ 464 service. But due to a major fire in Whitworth closing the road yesterday, Owd Betts was in use for the morning as a diversionary route. Although passengers in Bacup would not have enjoyed the large diversion in the opposite direction, they may at least have appreciated the scenery – including Scout Moor wind farm and maybe even the Beetham Tower far away in central Manchester.
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