'Lifeline' bus between Bolton and Bury to be axed

Local residents with Cllr Stuart Haslam, left, with Cllr Walter Hall, right, and Cllr Mudasir Dean, second right

Local residents with Cllr Stuart Haslam, left, with Cllr Walter Hall, right, and Cllr Mudasir Dean, second right

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A “LIFELINE” bus service is being scrapped, leaving elderly residents “stranded and isolated”.

The 480 bus, which runs from Bury to Bolton via Tottington Road, is to be re-routed after Rossendale-based operator Rosso decided it was no longer profitable.

It means, from July 28, residents will be left without a regular bus service along Tottington Road to Harwood, Bolton or Bury.

Cllr Stuart Haslam, a member of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) committee, has urged people to protest against the decision, which he says will cause “immense hardship”.

He has delivered scores of letters to households across Bolton asking people to contact transport bosses and register their opposition.

Cllr Haslam said: “I’m very concerned about the impact this will have on the elderly people who regularly use this service.

“It’s a lifeline. It’s a real social service, and without it people won’t be able to travel to Harwood to get to the shops, the chemist or the post office.

"I’m going to exert every ounce of pressure I can on the committee to find an alternative bus to run.”

From July 28, the 480 will only travel from Bury to Walves, before returning via Ramsbottom Road and Bolton Road via Greenmount to Bury Interchange.

The service, which currently runs eight buses a day, receives public funding from TFGM, but Cllr Haslam said there is a chance this could be re-allocated.

Rosso have refused to comment.

A spokesman for Transport for Greater Manchester said that residents can use the Bury Rural Local Link as an alternative, but residents have to book this service in advance.

He said: “The changes are a commercial decision taken by Rosso, who are free to determine the route and times of their services.

“TfGM currently provides public subsidy for the 480 service to operate via Affetside and is reviewing this provision in the light of the commercial change.”

Cllr Haslam is urging residents to email customer.relations@tfgm.com if the change affects them, or call him on 01204 385096.

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7:21am Fri 20 Jun 14

nigella farrage says...

Why do you always start these reports when it is too late to do anything?

yet again I mentioned about the 512/3 over 2 months ago and nothing else was said by the locals, politicians, councillors or yourselves. Now that it going to happen from the 27th July then you are doing something. But the TfGM contracts has been awarded (due to the fact that no bus company wants to operate the route as a commercial venture) and has had to make the harsh decision to cut the service due to lack of funds to do any justice.

But the campaign should have started when I first mentioned it as any changes has to be regsitered with VOSA at least 6 weeks before they take place!!!

As it is it shows the contempt that TfGM has for Bolton - a smaller bus station is being built so that means number of routes HAS to be reduced so that all routes/buses can fit into the bus station - again the fault of the TfGM. TfGM couldn't be bothered about the loss of direct connections with the estates in Horwich, the villages north of Bolton such as Edgworth and now the estates of Kearsley and Ringley - and lets not forget the number of "urban" estate routes, in the borough, which are only hourly and do not operate at peak times!!!

TfGM are meant to be there to fill gaps which the bus companies do not want to fill commercially, and they are meant to be their to help ccommunities get about - TfGM fails on both accounts - but if they worked the routes properly they could actually fill the gaps properly, get people using the buses and actually save money - but they are too short-sighted and use people to figure these things out that are NOT from the area and as such do not know the demography!!!!
Why do you always start these reports when it is too late to do anything? yet again I mentioned about the 512/3 over 2 months ago and nothing else was said by the locals, politicians, councillors or yourselves. Now that it going to happen from the 27th July then you are doing something. But the TfGM contracts has been awarded (due to the fact that no bus company wants to operate the route as a commercial venture) and has had to make the harsh decision to cut the service due to lack of funds to do any justice. But the campaign should have started when I first mentioned it as any changes has to be regsitered with VOSA at least 6 weeks before they take place!!! As it is it shows the contempt that TfGM has for Bolton - a smaller bus station is being built so that means number of routes HAS to be reduced so that all routes/buses can fit into the bus station - again the fault of the TfGM. TfGM couldn't be bothered about the loss of direct connections with the estates in Horwich, the villages north of Bolton such as Edgworth and now the estates of Kearsley and Ringley - and lets not forget the number of "urban" estate routes, in the borough, which are only hourly and do not operate at peak times!!! TfGM are meant to be there to fill gaps which the bus companies do not want to fill commercially, and they are meant to be their to help ccommunities get about - TfGM fails on both accounts - but if they worked the routes properly they could actually fill the gaps properly, get people using the buses and actually save money - but they are too short-sighted and use people to figure these things out that are NOT from the area and as such do not know the demography!!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: 11

7:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

breightmet kid says...

Who are the people who run TfGM? The Politicians
Who were the people who decided to create SELNEC and then GMT, succeeded by TfGM? The politicians.
Who has decided to give Bolton a smaller bus station in an area so run down it is Third world country? The politicians.
The politicians I refer to wont be using the 480 bus service, I doubt whether they know it exists.
Rosso transport have made a commercial decision based on trading conditions.
One further question, do the Bradshaw councillors use the 480 bus?
Who are the people who run TfGM? The Politicians Who were the people who decided to create SELNEC and then GMT, succeeded by TfGM? The politicians. Who has decided to give Bolton a smaller bus station in an area so run down it is Third world country? The politicians. The politicians I refer to wont be using the 480 bus service, I doubt whether they know it exists. Rosso transport have made a commercial decision based on trading conditions. One further question, do the Bradshaw councillors use the 480 bus? breightmet kid
  • Score: 12

9:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

stereo_world says...

I bet the official BN photographer gets sick of saying "Right, you there: fold your arms".
I bet the official BN photographer gets sick of saying "Right, you there: fold your arms". stereo_world
  • Score: 9

9:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

itsnotthatbad says...

nigella farrage wrote:
Why do you always start these reports when it is too late to do anything?

yet again I mentioned about the 512/3 over 2 months ago and nothing else was said by the locals, politicians, councillors or yourselves. Now that it going to happen from the 27th July then you are doing something. But the TfGM contracts has been awarded (due to the fact that no bus company wants to operate the route as a commercial venture) and has had to make the harsh decision to cut the service due to lack of funds to do any justice.

But the campaign should have started when I first mentioned it as any changes has to be regsitered with VOSA at least 6 weeks before they take place!!!

As it is it shows the contempt that TfGM has for Bolton - a smaller bus station is being built so that means number of routes HAS to be reduced so that all routes/buses can fit into the bus station - again the fault of the TfGM. TfGM couldn't be bothered about the loss of direct connections with the estates in Horwich, the villages north of Bolton such as Edgworth and now the estates of Kearsley and Ringley - and lets not forget the number of "urban" estate routes, in the borough, which are only hourly and do not operate at peak times!!!

TfGM are meant to be there to fill gaps which the bus companies do not want to fill commercially, and they are meant to be their to help ccommunities get about - TfGM fails on both accounts - but if they worked the routes properly they could actually fill the gaps properly, get people using the buses and actually save money - but they are too short-sighted and use people to figure these things out that are NOT from the area and as such do not know the demography!!!!
Back again. Yawn.
[quote][p][bold]nigella farrage[/bold] wrote: Why do you always start these reports when it is too late to do anything? yet again I mentioned about the 512/3 over 2 months ago and nothing else was said by the locals, politicians, councillors or yourselves. Now that it going to happen from the 27th July then you are doing something. But the TfGM contracts has been awarded (due to the fact that no bus company wants to operate the route as a commercial venture) and has had to make the harsh decision to cut the service due to lack of funds to do any justice. But the campaign should have started when I first mentioned it as any changes has to be regsitered with VOSA at least 6 weeks before they take place!!! As it is it shows the contempt that TfGM has for Bolton - a smaller bus station is being built so that means number of routes HAS to be reduced so that all routes/buses can fit into the bus station - again the fault of the TfGM. TfGM couldn't be bothered about the loss of direct connections with the estates in Horwich, the villages north of Bolton such as Edgworth and now the estates of Kearsley and Ringley - and lets not forget the number of "urban" estate routes, in the borough, which are only hourly and do not operate at peak times!!! TfGM are meant to be there to fill gaps which the bus companies do not want to fill commercially, and they are meant to be their to help ccommunities get about - TfGM fails on both accounts - but if they worked the routes properly they could actually fill the gaps properly, get people using the buses and actually save money - but they are too short-sighted and use people to figure these things out that are NOT from the area and as such do not know the demography!!!![/p][/quote]Back again. Yawn. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -8

9:19am Fri 20 Jun 14

Gore Seer says...

I Was On That Bus Yesterday, Going Up Tottington Road, On A Farm Fence Sat A Hawk Watching The Bus Go Past, It Stood About 20 Inches Hight, IT Is A Lovely Rout.
I Was On That Bus Yesterday, Going Up Tottington Road, On A Farm Fence Sat A Hawk Watching The Bus Go Past, It Stood About 20 Inches Hight, IT Is A Lovely Rout. Gore Seer
  • Score: 11

9:22am Fri 20 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

Reroute slightly the 510 or even the 273 and problem partly solved. This decision comes after GMPTE and Stagecoach invented a pointless new service-the 38-from Farnworth to Manchester,a service not needed or used as we already have the 8,36,37,31 that cover the whole journey and 68 and 22 which cover part of that journey but implemented nonetheless on a 15 minute basis day and evening. GMPTE and the bus companies are only bothered about Manchester sadly.
Reroute slightly the 510 or even the 273 and problem partly solved. This decision comes after GMPTE and Stagecoach invented a pointless new service-the 38-from Farnworth to Manchester,a service not needed or used as we already have the 8,36,37,31 that cover the whole journey and 68 and 22 which cover part of that journey but implemented nonetheless on a 15 minute basis day and evening. GMPTE and the bus companies are only bothered about Manchester sadly. Reality50
  • Score: 13

11:18am Fri 20 Jun 14

mililly says...

Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else.
If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there.
Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else. If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there. mililly
  • Score: 4

11:22am Fri 20 Jun 14

atlas123 says...

Its a bit of a non issue really.... I rarely see many people on this bus past Morrisons, the estates off Tottington Road are hardly a long way from the bus stop at Morrisons where they can get first buses with a selection of day tickets more applicable to onwards travel in Manchester
Lets face it, if you cant walk to Morrisons off the estates you are hardley likely to be going doing your shopping walking around Bolton

I wonder how much this bus costs us all to subsidise?

If anything the minor road will benefit from not having a big bus pounding up and down it each day.

As for the smaller bus station, perhaps the busses will have shorter dwell times, sweat the assets more, smaller more intensive and easier to manage the facilities. Outside of rush hour Moor Lane is so big it feels abandoned and desolate.
Its a bit of a non issue really.... I rarely see many people on this bus past Morrisons, the estates off Tottington Road are hardly a long way from the bus stop at Morrisons where they can get first buses with a selection of day tickets more applicable to onwards travel in Manchester Lets face it, if you cant walk to Morrisons off the estates you are hardley likely to be going doing your shopping walking around Bolton I wonder how much this bus costs us all to subsidise? If anything the minor road will benefit from not having a big bus pounding up and down it each day. As for the smaller bus station, perhaps the busses will have shorter dwell times, sweat the assets more, smaller more intensive and easier to manage the facilities. Outside of rush hour Moor Lane is so big it feels abandoned and desolate. atlas123
  • Score: 0

11:32am Fri 20 Jun 14

soup153 says...

No salt in winter not a bus route any more.
No salt in winter not a bus route any more. soup153
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Fri 20 Jun 14

degsey says...

privatization hay its just a mess these companies just blackmail the taxpayer
privatization hay its just a mess these companies just blackmail the taxpayer degsey
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

KW1990 says...

I'm sorry but if you want a bus to bury from Darcy jump on.a 536 to bury Rd, why should a company run at a loss for the sake of a few people. If you want door to door transport get a taxi. 99% of those who complain persistently about buses are those who get it for free.. Just saying from experience
I'm sorry but if you want a bus to bury from Darcy jump on.a 536 to bury Rd, why should a company run at a loss for the sake of a few people. If you want door to door transport get a taxi. 99% of those who complain persistently about buses are those who get it for free.. Just saying from experience KW1990
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

KW1990 says...

Oh and in that picture I can only spot two people that aren't pensioners, bus companies get 80p a journey for pensioners hardly proffit
Oh and in that picture I can only spot two people that aren't pensioners, bus companies get 80p a journey for pensioners hardly proffit KW1990
  • Score: -3

2:03pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

mililly wrote:
Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else.
If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there.
For years that estate was served firstly by the much missed 520 Bolton-Little Lever service and latterly the 94 Bolton to Manchester via Somerton Rd and Little Lever service. Those services worked well and there was no need to scrap them. I suspect the 536 and 544 services which cover parts of that route and are less effective,cost just as much to run.
[quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else. If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there.[/p][/quote]For years that estate was served firstly by the much missed 520 Bolton-Little Lever service and latterly the 94 Bolton to Manchester via Somerton Rd and Little Lever service. Those services worked well and there was no need to scrap them. I suspect the 536 and 544 services which cover parts of that route and are less effective,cost just as much to run. Reality50
  • Score: -1

5:14pm Fri 20 Jun 14

atlas123 says...

soup153 wrote:
No salt in winter not a bus route any more.
Rubbish, plenty of non bus routes are gritted
[quote][p][bold]soup153[/bold] wrote: No salt in winter not a bus route any more.[/p][/quote]Rubbish, plenty of non bus routes are gritted atlas123
  • Score: 3

6:51pm Fri 20 Jun 14

nigella farrage says...

Reality50 wrote:
Reroute slightly the 510 or even the 273 and problem partly solved. This decision comes after GMPTE and Stagecoach invented a pointless new service-the 38-from Farnworth to Manchester,a service not needed or used as we already have the 8,36,37,31 that cover the whole journey and 68 and 22 which cover part of that journey but implemented nonetheless on a 15 minute basis day and evening. GMPTE and the bus companies are only bothered about Manchester sadly.
GMPTE (or as it is nowadays the TfGM) have no say, whatsoever, with regards to Route 38, as that route is a pure commercial decision by Stagecoach Manchester and it receives no subsidy from TfGM! As for the frequency it is every 10 minutes during daytime and operates to MRI and not just Manchester! and it is every 20 minutes during evenings and Sunday's!

In fact, compared to London where TfL actually own ALL the routes and put them out to tender - that is not allowed to happen outside London - thank to a two tier law!!! Bus routes outside London are operated commercially by bus companies and they can create new, alter or even withdraw whenever they want - just as long as they give 6 weeks notice at VOSA. TfGM only step in if a bus route is withdrawn and leaves an area with no buses then they have to work out whether if its financially viable to subsidise the route and then put it out to tender - lowest bid wins as the TfGM have to pay the bus company to operate the route (whereas in London the bus companies bid for the franchises - thanks to the two-tier transport act.

TfGM subsidise the following daytime Bolton routes: 31, 480, 500, 512, 513, 521, 525, 526, 527, 533, 544, 550, 553, 557, 559, 570, 685, 715(SLT journeys to Ladybridge circular only)

TfGM subsidise the following evening Bolton routes: 22, 501, 507, 510, 516, 519, 525, 527, 534, 536, 538, 539, 551, 561, 562, 571, 572, 575, 576, 715
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Reroute slightly the 510 or even the 273 and problem partly solved. This decision comes after GMPTE and Stagecoach invented a pointless new service-the 38-from Farnworth to Manchester,a service not needed or used as we already have the 8,36,37,31 that cover the whole journey and 68 and 22 which cover part of that journey but implemented nonetheless on a 15 minute basis day and evening. GMPTE and the bus companies are only bothered about Manchester sadly.[/p][/quote]GMPTE (or as it is nowadays the TfGM) have no say, whatsoever, with regards to Route 38, as that route is a pure commercial decision by Stagecoach Manchester and it receives no subsidy from TfGM! As for the frequency it is every 10 minutes during daytime and operates to MRI and not just Manchester! and it is every 20 minutes during evenings and Sunday's! In fact, compared to London where TfL actually own ALL the routes and put them out to tender - that is not allowed to happen outside London - thank to a two tier law!!! Bus routes outside London are operated commercially by bus companies and they can create new, alter or even withdraw whenever they want - just as long as they give 6 weeks notice at VOSA. TfGM only step in if a bus route is withdrawn and leaves an area with no buses then they have to work out whether if its financially viable to subsidise the route and then put it out to tender - lowest bid wins as the TfGM have to pay the bus company to operate the route (whereas in London the bus companies bid for the franchises - thanks to the two-tier transport act. TfGM subsidise the following daytime Bolton routes: 31, 480, 500, 512, 513, 521, 525, 526, 527, 533, 544, 550, 553, 557, 559, 570, 685, 715(SLT journeys to Ladybridge circular only) TfGM subsidise the following evening Bolton routes: 22, 501, 507, 510, 516, 519, 525, 527, 534, 536, 538, 539, 551, 561, 562, 571, 572, 575, 576, 715 nigella farrage
  • Score: 2

7:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

nigella farrage says...

Reality50 wrote:
mililly wrote: Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else. If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there.
For years that estate was served firstly by the much missed 520 Bolton-Little Lever service and latterly the 94 Bolton to Manchester via Somerton Rd and Little Lever service. Those services worked well and there was no need to scrap them. I suspect the 536 and 544 services which cover parts of that route and are less effective,cost just as much to run.
When de-regulation happened in 1986 there were:
Route 520 which was Bolton-Breightmet-So
merton Road- Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - GM Buses - Hourly
Route 94 which was Bolton-Breightmet-So
merton Road, Bradley Fold, Little Lever, Radcliffe- Whitefield-Prestwich
- Lwr Broughton-Manchester - GM Buses - Hourly
Route 514 which was Markland Hill-Bolton-Darcy Lever - GM Buses - Half Hourley
Route 560 which was Bolton-Breightmet-Le
verhulme Park - Shearings - every 45 minutes

Then soon after the routes were:-
Route 478 Bolton-Breightmet-So
merton Rd-Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - Ribble/Stagecoach Ribble - every 20 minutes
Route 94 (No route change from previously - GMBuses/First Greater Manchster/First Manchester - Hourly
Route 536 Bolton-Breightmet-Da
rcy Lever-Bolton - GM Buses/First Greater Manchester/First Manchester - Every 20 minutes
Route 537 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Bol
ton - GM Buses/First Greater Manchester/First Manchester - Every 20 minutes
Routes 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-LIttle Lever - Bolton Coachways - Hourly

and then....

Route 95 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som
erton Rd-Bradley Fold-Little Lever-Radcliffe-Outw
ood-Stand-Whitefield
-Prestwich-Kersal-Pe
ndleton - First Manchester - Hourly (daytime Only)
Route 94 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som
erton Rd-Bradley Fold-Little Lever-Radcliffe-Outw
ood-Stand-Whitefield
-Prestwich-Kersal-Lw
r Broughton-Manchester - Hourly (evenings and Sundays Only)
Route 478 (no change to route) Blue Bus - Hourly
Route 544 (no change to route) MTL Bolton Coachways/Blue Bus - Hourly (daytime only and no peak-time services)

and now...

Route 536 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som
erton Rd - First Manchester - Hourly
Route 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Little Lever-Bradley Fold-Darcy Lever-Bolton - SLT - Hourly (daytime only - no peak time services)


It would be better if....

Route 510 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Wit
hins-Ainsworth-Walsh
aw-Bury - Every 30 minutes (basically replacing 536 between Bolton and Breightmet and replaces current 510 between Breightmet and Bury)

Route 560 Bolton-Withins-Breig
htmet-Somerton Rd - every 20 minutes (basically replaces routes 561/2 between Bolton and Breightmet via Withins and then replaces 536 around Somerton Rd)

Route 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Little Lever-Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - every hour (same route as before to Bradley Fold and then replaces 485 to Radcliffe and then replaces 512 to Outwood and then replaces 513 to Whitefield and then on to Bury - Hourly

Route 513 Bolton-Moses Gate-Farnworth Station-Farnworth-Ke
arsley-Prestolee-Rin
gley (Hulme Rd)-Ringley Fold-Outwood-Radclif
fe-Whitefield-Radcli
ffe-Bury - new between Bolton and Moses Gate then replaces old 513 between Moses Gate and Farnworth and the replaces 557 to Prestolee and then operates through Ringley calling at Hulme Rd and Ringley Fold and then via Outwood and then direct to Whitefield and then same as current route to Bury - Hourly

And as for replacement of 480 I would...

Route 508 Bolton-Bradshaw-Affe
tside-Walves-Edgwort
h/Crowthorn/Bromley Cross Station - Hourly

Whilst for the estate in Horwich I would extend 574 from Middlebrook to Blackrod via Brazley Est, Victoria Rd, Pennine Rd and Horwich!

But there again, I talk common sense whereas TfGM doesn't!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: Public transport in bolton is basicaly crap. I live in the somerton rd estate and all we have is a 536 comjng from bolton and back again. It goes nowhere else. If anyone wants a bus to bury they have to go to bury road. We used to have a bus to little lever and radcliffe but that was stopped years ago. Pathetic really considering they constantly encourage us to use public transport...whats the point when the services arnt there.[/p][/quote]For years that estate was served firstly by the much missed 520 Bolton-Little Lever service and latterly the 94 Bolton to Manchester via Somerton Rd and Little Lever service. Those services worked well and there was no need to scrap them. I suspect the 536 and 544 services which cover parts of that route and are less effective,cost just as much to run.[/p][/quote]When de-regulation happened in 1986 there were: Route 520 which was Bolton-Breightmet-So merton Road- Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - GM Buses - Hourly Route 94 which was Bolton-Breightmet-So merton Road, Bradley Fold, Little Lever, Radcliffe- Whitefield-Prestwich - Lwr Broughton-Manchester - GM Buses - Hourly Route 514 which was Markland Hill-Bolton-Darcy Lever - GM Buses - Half Hourley Route 560 which was Bolton-Breightmet-Le verhulme Park - Shearings - every 45 minutes Then soon after the routes were:- Route 478 Bolton-Breightmet-So merton Rd-Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - Ribble/Stagecoach Ribble - every 20 minutes Route 94 (No route change from previously - GMBuses/First Greater Manchster/First Manchester - Hourly Route 536 Bolton-Breightmet-Da rcy Lever-Bolton - GM Buses/First Greater Manchester/First Manchester - Every 20 minutes Route 537 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Bol ton - GM Buses/First Greater Manchester/First Manchester - Every 20 minutes Routes 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-LIttle Lever - Bolton Coachways - Hourly and then.... Route 95 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som erton Rd-Bradley Fold-Little Lever-Radcliffe-Outw ood-Stand-Whitefield -Prestwich-Kersal-Pe ndleton - First Manchester - Hourly (daytime Only) Route 94 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som erton Rd-Bradley Fold-Little Lever-Radcliffe-Outw ood-Stand-Whitefield -Prestwich-Kersal-Lw r Broughton-Manchester - Hourly (evenings and Sundays Only) Route 478 (no change to route) Blue Bus - Hourly Route 544 (no change to route) MTL Bolton Coachways/Blue Bus - Hourly (daytime only and no peak-time services) and now... Route 536 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Som erton Rd - First Manchester - Hourly Route 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Little Lever-Bradley Fold-Darcy Lever-Bolton - SLT - Hourly (daytime only - no peak time services) It would be better if.... Route 510 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Breightmet-Wit hins-Ainsworth-Walsh aw-Bury - Every 30 minutes (basically replacing 536 between Bolton and Breightmet and replaces current 510 between Breightmet and Bury) Route 560 Bolton-Withins-Breig htmet-Somerton Rd - every 20 minutes (basically replaces routes 561/2 between Bolton and Breightmet via Withins and then replaces 536 around Somerton Rd) Route 544 Bolton-Darcy Lever-Little Lever-Bradley Fold-Radcliffe-Bury - every hour (same route as before to Bradley Fold and then replaces 485 to Radcliffe and then replaces 512 to Outwood and then replaces 513 to Whitefield and then on to Bury - Hourly Route 513 Bolton-Moses Gate-Farnworth Station-Farnworth-Ke arsley-Prestolee-Rin gley (Hulme Rd)-Ringley Fold-Outwood-Radclif fe-Whitefield-Radcli ffe-Bury - new between Bolton and Moses Gate then replaces old 513 between Moses Gate and Farnworth and the replaces 557 to Prestolee and then operates through Ringley calling at Hulme Rd and Ringley Fold and then via Outwood and then direct to Whitefield and then same as current route to Bury - Hourly And as for replacement of 480 I would... Route 508 Bolton-Bradshaw-Affe tside-Walves-Edgwort h/Crowthorn/Bromley Cross Station - Hourly Whilst for the estate in Horwich I would extend 574 from Middlebrook to Blackrod via Brazley Est, Victoria Rd, Pennine Rd and Horwich! But there again, I talk common sense whereas TfGM doesn't!!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: -2

7:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Andy Higham says...

The decision to axe this service was not made because it was too busy and making too much money
The decision to axe this service was not made because it was too busy and making too much money Andy Higham
  • Score: 0

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