The first timetable changes of 2012 come into play over the last weekend of January (28/29th) and there are TfGM contracts changing hands. Over in Salford there’s a revised network to take into account; Arriva are losing out, whilst First seem to be gaining.
The Salford network is changing. It’s too complicated to explain for a non-Salfordian such as myself, so if you’d like to see a before and after map, check out the last few pages of this TfGMC report (PDF). In summary, there are two new routes 66 (Clifton Junction to Eccles) and 79 (Swinton to Stretford) which between them replace services 55, 61/62 (some), 64/65, 69 and 70 (daytime). Arriva have won the contracts for these, but lose out on other routes to First: early morning journeys on the 10 (Brookhouse to Manchester) and 19 (Clifton Junction to Trafford Park); Sunday services on the 31 (Manchester to Farnworth); evening and Sunday services on the 63 (Brookhouse to Manchester); and all day service on the 74/75 (Agecroft circulars) and 484 (Salford to Prestwich) – the latter of which is a Bu-val refugee.
First also assumes operation of services run by other operators: from Bluebird comes the 27 (Manchester to Swinton), Sunday 95 journeys (Pendleton to Whitefield), 402 (Oldham to Royton) and 406 (Middleton to Oldham); whilst from JPT comes the 335 (Ashton to Denton) and Sunday 406. One loss is the short-term 575 contract (Bolton to Horwich) which heads to Maytree, who will also run the daytime 31 timetable that was operated by Arriva.
Word on the street is that Arriva will close their Manchester depot at the end of March 2012. What would this mean for their remaining services? We’d expect that services in South Manchester can be operated from the depot in Wythenshawe, especially given the loss of contracts around Altrincham of late – though we wouldn’t be surprised if the 130 to Macclesfield sees more vehicles based from that Cheshire outstation. The services towards Salford we’re not so sure about: Wythenshawe and Bolton are the closest depots, but would require some dead-running or inter-working. We’ll keep monitoring.
Like the proverbial bus, there’ll be another blog along shortly looking at some of the other changes taking place that weekend…
- TfGM: Latest Bus Service Changes
- TfGM: Bus Times Leaflet Library
- First Manchester: Changes from Sunday 29th January 2012
[Image credit: “Arriva Manchester 667 CX57 CYW” by Ingy the Wingy on Flickr]