It was almost two years ago that Martin reported on a new competitive bus service S50 from Speedwellbus that was to run from Manchester along Ashton New Road via Ashton and onwards to Mossley. Things didn’t quite pan out for the full route, but service S50 did operate between Ashton and Mossley in competition with First’s service 350. Now the route has been suspended indefinitely.
An article in this week’s Tameside Advertiser (print only) quotes Speedwell boss Jack Hampson blaming a shortfall of £10,000 per month in concessionary fares due to the revised system that came into effect at the beginning of the month. TfGM noted there should only be a marginal effect as the increased fare paid by passengers should make up for the changes in reimbursement. On the ground it appears that Speedwellbus have stopped running the service with immediate effect, despite the fact that bus operators should normally give six weeks notice of changes to bus services to the Traffic Commissioners.
The suspension of this service follows on from the withdrawal of service S48 to Carrbrook in March and the tentative S49 to Oldham in April, both routes competing with routes operated by First. Meanwhile, Derbyshire County Council are going ahead with their proposal to withdraw funding from service 397 between Glossop and Hyde from October 2011 – we understand that service 239 between Glossop and Ashton will also be subject to alteration from mid-June.
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