East Bolton Local Link bus service extended to Chapeltown Road

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PASSENGERS affected by the closure of a Bolton bus link now have another reason to celebrate.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is extending the East Bolton Local Link to run to the Chapeltown Road area of Bromley Cross.

The move is a response to Arriva’s decision last month to axe its 537 service from Bolton to Edgworth, which now ends in Bromley Cross.

This new service will be available to all Chapeltown Road residents within the Greater Manchester boundary.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has extended its Darwen to Edgworth service to Bromley Cross, so people can link up with buses into Bolton.

But because this service’s route differs to the old 537 route, TfGM bosses say people in certain areas have been left without a bus service link.

The door-to-door East Bolton Local Link runs daily from 6am to 10pm, with people able to book the service by phone up to one hour before travelling.

Cllr Mark Aldred, vice-chairman of the TfGM committee, said: “Local Link is an affordable, easy- to-use way to get around and I’m pleased to see it extended to the Chapeltown Road area. People can use it to link up with other bus services running from the Bolton Interchange, opening up even more travel opportunities.”

East Bolton Local Link already runs to Back o’th’ Bank, Breightmet, Bradshaw, Darcy Lever, Hall i’th’ Wood, Harwood, Harwood Lee, Mill Hill, Rose Hill, Tonge Moor and Top o’th’ Brow.

Passengers can travel anywhere in the East Bolton service area, including to Bolton Interchange, Royal Bolton Hospital and Bolton Community College.

TfGM will be publicising the service with leaflets locally and more information is available at tfgm.com/locallink or by calling 01204 364 566 and asking for East Bolton Local Link.

The Darwen to Edgworth service will initially operate until March, when it will be reviewed.

Arriva made the decision to withdraw the 537 Bolton to Edgworth service for “commercial reasons”.

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12:41pm Tue 29 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

Lets get this right and not the councillors or TfGM version of events.

8 weeks ago Arriva applies to VOSa to withdraw the route between Bromley Cross Station and Edgwort/Crowthorn

Nothing is done by the councillors or TfGM until it is highlighted in the press.

Blackburn with Drawen offer to help in subsidising the route to keep it going to keep the connection with Bolton. TfGM and Bolton councillors REFUSE!!!!
Therefore Blackburn with Darwen act on behalf of the villlage and ask Darwen Coach Services (which operate a subsidisied service between Darwen and Edgworth and Chapletown) to re-route and terminate at Bromley Cross Station - the bus company accepts the changes. The only difference to the route is that Crowthorn (the old school) is not served. - but apart from the the Darwen Coach Services Route 37 between Edgworth and Bromley Cross Station is identical to the old Arriva 537 - the freuqncy is only every 2-3 hours and only operates Monday to Friday with NO Saturday or Sunday service thus cutting of the people who want to go anywhere at the weekend.

Erstwhile TfGM propose a Local Link for Chapletown Road because there are areas that will not be served by the new Route 37!!!! What utter rubbish! As I say apart from the Crowthorn part of Edgworth (which comes under Blackburn with Darwen) there is not one bit of route without a bus!!!

Questions need to be asked:
1. Why didn't TfGM accept the offer to share a subsidy to keep the original route going thus keeping the connection of Edgworth with Bolton?
2. Why are the Councillors and TfGM LYING when it comes to the Local Link service whilst there is a bus service in place - albeit having to make a connection at Bromley Cross Station?
3. How much more of a strain can Bromley Cross Station take with extra passengers (it is far cheaper to catch a bus from Bromley Cross than Entistle because of teh TfGM subsidies0?
4. How much more car traffic can the road to edgworth take knowing that people will now have to use their own transport rather than public transport to get to anywhere in Bolton?
5. How much longer is the TfGM going to completely disregards Bolton and its people before they realise they has messed around too much and left the people of Bolton with no option except to use cars and block the roads up even more (oops can't even do that because TfGM have redcued East Lancas to one lane and The Crescent, in salfod, to one lane creating massive traffic jams already) Plus the trains are far too overcroweded with people being left behind with EVERY train currently and going to get worse come December when Bolton loses train an hour whilst Wigan gains that train!!! Bolton is the Sihthole of TfGM and they don't give a **** about teh town (except for £48million whiklte elephant known as a bus station for ever decreasing bus services).

Less than 10 years ago there were 30 buses an hour to Manchester - now there is only 18
Less than 10 years ago there were 10 trains an hour to Manchester - from December there will only be 7 - plus coach sizes been decreased from 5 coaches to a mid-range of 3 and more often than not 2 coaches!!!
Less than 10 years ago East Lancs and The Crescent was 2/3 lanes in both direction and now its only 1!! (JUST SO A BUS WAY CAN BE PUT IN FOR A NEW BUS SWERVICE TO LEIGH WHICH WILL BE COMPLETELY UNDERUSED - AS THE NORMAL BUSES CURRENTLY ARE)

WELL DONE TfGM YOU HAVE STUFFED BOLTON AND ITS PEOPLE UP!
Lets get this right and not the councillors or TfGM version of events. 8 weeks ago Arriva applies to VOSa to withdraw the route between Bromley Cross Station and Edgwort/Crowthorn Nothing is done by the councillors or TfGM until it is highlighted in the press. Blackburn with Drawen offer to help in subsidising the route to keep it going to keep the connection with Bolton. TfGM and Bolton councillors REFUSE!!!! Therefore Blackburn with Darwen act on behalf of the villlage and ask Darwen Coach Services (which operate a subsidisied service between Darwen and Edgworth and Chapletown) to re-route and terminate at Bromley Cross Station - the bus company accepts the changes. The only difference to the route is that Crowthorn (the old school) is not served. - but apart from the the Darwen Coach Services Route 37 between Edgworth and Bromley Cross Station is identical to the old Arriva 537 - the freuqncy is only every 2-3 hours and only operates Monday to Friday with NO Saturday or Sunday service thus cutting of the people who want to go anywhere at the weekend. Erstwhile TfGM propose a Local Link for Chapletown Road because there are areas that will not be served by the new Route 37!!!! What utter rubbish! As I say apart from the Crowthorn part of Edgworth (which comes under Blackburn with Darwen) there is not one bit of route without a bus!!! Questions need to be asked: 1. Why didn't TfGM accept the offer to share a subsidy to keep the original route going thus keeping the connection of Edgworth with Bolton? 2. Why are the Councillors and TfGM LYING when it comes to the Local Link service whilst there is a bus service in place - albeit having to make a connection at Bromley Cross Station? 3. How much more of a strain can Bromley Cross Station take with extra passengers (it is far cheaper to catch a bus from Bromley Cross than Entistle because of teh TfGM subsidies0? 4. How much more car traffic can the road to edgworth take knowing that people will now have to use their own transport rather than public transport to get to anywhere in Bolton? 5. How much longer is the TfGM going to completely disregards Bolton and its people before they realise they has messed around too much and left the people of Bolton with no option except to use cars and block the roads up even more (oops can't even do that because TfGM have redcued East Lancas to one lane and The Crescent, in salfod, to one lane creating massive traffic jams already) Plus the trains are far too overcroweded with people being left behind with EVERY train currently and going to get worse come December when Bolton loses train an hour whilst Wigan gains that train!!! Bolton is the Sihthole of TfGM and they don't give a **** about teh town (except for £48million whiklte elephant known as a bus station for ever decreasing bus services). Less than 10 years ago there were 30 buses an hour to Manchester - now there is only 18 Less than 10 years ago there were 10 trains an hour to Manchester - from December there will only be 7 - plus coach sizes been decreased from 5 coaches to a mid-range of 3 and more often than not 2 coaches!!! Less than 10 years ago East Lancs and The Crescent was 2/3 lanes in both direction and now its only 1!! (JUST SO A BUS WAY CAN BE PUT IN FOR A NEW BUS SWERVICE TO LEIGH WHICH WILL BE COMPLETELY UNDERUSED - AS THE NORMAL BUSES CURRENTLY ARE) WELL DONE TfGM YOU HAVE STUFFED BOLTON AND ITS PEOPLE UP! The Righteous One
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Tue 29 Oct 13

The Righteous One says...

Also why are the BN showing a picture of the logo of GMPTE when that got replaced by the TfGM with a different (but similar) logo and teh TfGM has been going for at least a couple of years now!!!
Also why are the BN showing a picture of the logo of GMPTE when that got replaced by the TfGM with a different (but similar) logo and teh TfGM has been going for at least a couple of years now!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Tue 29 Oct 13

Julian Thorpe says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Also why are the BN showing a picture of the logo of GMPTE when that got replaced by the TfGM with a different (but similar) logo and teh TfGM has been going for at least a couple of years now!!!
Quite right. Well spotted. You've passed the test.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: Also why are the BN showing a picture of the logo of GMPTE when that got replaced by the TfGM with a different (but similar) logo and teh TfGM has been going for at least a couple of years now!!![/p][/quote]Quite right. Well spotted. You've passed the test. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: 3

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