Bolton - Bury bus service saved

The Bolton News: A Rosso bus A Rosso bus

CHANGES to a bus route which threatened to leave residents without a regular service have been scrapped.

The 480 service will now be retained under its current route from Bury to Bolton after bosses from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the operator, Rosso Transport, met last week and renegotiated the decision.

Residents would have been left without a regular bus service along Tottington Road to Harwood, Bolton or Bury from July 28.

The only change to the service is that the 5.17pm bus from Bolton to Bury will no longer run.

The move comes after dozens of residents went to a meeting attended by TfGM officers to voice their opposition, and sent in a deluge of protest emails and letters.

Cllr Stuart Haslam, for Bradshaw, said: “There has been a lot of negotiation between TfGM and Rosso bus company, and the end result is the bus service will be continued with the exception of one service — the 5.17pm from Bolton to Tottington Road and Bury — which I will be making more representations about.

“There’s a lot of elderly people who live in the Tottington Road area. It’s a very steep climb up from Harwood.

“The service links people to the library, the doctors’ surgery, the shops, the chemist, the facilities in Harwood, together with the only link to Bolton.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with the response. I’ve had about 80 emails and letters and 60 phone calls, which is a lot for a local issue.”

Howard Hartley, head of bus for TfGM, said: “Following discussions between TfGM and the operator, as well as significant local representations, we are pleased to confirm that Rossendale Transport has agreed to continue to operate service 480 on the current route between Bolton and Bury via Affetside.

“We welcome the decision from the operator to continue the running of this service.”

TfGM said there would be changes to the timetable from Monday, July 28, and encouraged passengers to check timetables before travelling.

Rosso Transport refused to comment.

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4:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

nigella farrage says...

So that means the cost to run that part of the route between Bolton and Affetside will cost the taxpayers more (as it is that bit which has been subsidised for the last 20+ years, whilst between Affetside and Bury has been a commercial service with no subsidy!) But it also means that workers will not be able to use the bus service as the last bus will be now 16:13 and not 17:13 thus forcing more people into cars and blocking the roads up with traffic even more!!! I see the 17:13 bus most evenings and it is a full bus - so where are those passengers going to go???

Before anyone asks, I have to use a car to get where I go to work because the bus service near me was mad impossible about 5 years ago with no peak time services and only an hourly service which doesn't connect with either the train I require for work or buses. If I was to use the transport network I would have to leave the house at 630am to walk to Bury road o get the bus to Bolton station which I would then have a 25 minute wait before my train to Blackburn which then arrives in Blackburn just after the connecting bus leaves!!!! so it would take over 2.5 hours to get to work, compared to 45minutes-1hr by car at present!!!!
So that means the cost to run that part of the route between Bolton and Affetside will cost the taxpayers more (as it is that bit which has been subsidised for the last 20+ years, whilst between Affetside and Bury has been a commercial service with no subsidy!) But it also means that workers will not be able to use the bus service as the last bus will be now 16:13 and not 17:13 thus forcing more people into cars and blocking the roads up with traffic even more!!! I see the 17:13 bus most evenings and it is a full bus - so where are those passengers going to go??? Before anyone asks, I have to use a car to get where I go to work because the bus service near me was mad impossible about 5 years ago with no peak time services and only an hourly service which doesn't connect with either the train I require for work or buses. If I was to use the transport network I would have to leave the house at 630am to walk to Bury road o get the bus to Bolton station which I would then have a 25 minute wait before my train to Blackburn which then arrives in Blackburn just after the connecting bus leaves!!!! so it would take over 2.5 hours to get to work, compared to 45minutes-1hr by car at present!!!! nigella farrage
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3:03pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

I Am Glad This Route As Been Saved For Now, But Government Polices Are .Reducing Public Transport, While Taxies Are Expanding.
I Am Glad This Route As Been Saved For Now, But Government Polices Are .Reducing Public Transport, While Taxies Are Expanding. Gore Seer
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