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Then two come along at once…

Hot on the heels of the Wigan depot transfer, Stagecoach today announced their plan to purchase local independent Bluebird of Middleton for £2 million. Along with the leased depot site, the acquisition will include around 40 vehicles and 80 members … Continue reading

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Stagecoach to acquire First routes in Wigan

Wigan has always been out on a limb from the rest of Greater Manchester county: indeed, its municipal bus service was never part of SELNEC PTE and only joined as part of GMPTE in 1974. After deregulation and sundering, the … Continue reading

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A tale of two X41s (and a 41X)

When SELNEC PTE took over the combined bus operations of the Greater Manchester municipals in 1969, there were no fewer than seven routes numbered “1” – in Salford, Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Rochdale, Ashton and Oldham. Many services were renumbered into … Continue reading

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Cross-city bus route to replace Salford QuaysLink

It doesn’t seem too long ago that I took a trip down to Salford Quays to view the new shuttle bus service between Salford Crescent and MediaCityUK, just over a year ago. News has emerged that the route is to … Continue reading

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More hybrid buses enter service – with more to come

Whilst Spring hasn’t been much fun on the cost front – with both Stagecoach and Arriva raising fares to deal with the price of fuel, but First holding tight after their January revisions – good news on the environmental front … Continue reading

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Stagecoach loves February in Manchester – and other fare deals

OK, so we’re nearly at the end of February, but Stagecoach are currently offering discounted tickets for travel between 6pm and midnight – with Dayriders costing only £3.00 as opposed to the normal price of £3.70. It’s a similar scheme … Continue reading

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Withdrawals and competition in the north of the county

It’s been a busy month for me with not much time for blogging: so apologies for not returning to this subject earlier. As promised however, here are the highlights from other bus service changes coming into effect this week, 29th … Continue reading

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