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Corporate Offer - Cycle Hub

Passenger reminder over bus service changes

Lee Howarth

A major bus timetable change will affect a number of services in the Greater Manchester area from Sunday 28 April.

As a result, bus passengers are being urged to plan their journeys in advance and familiarise themselves with the new schedule.

The new timetables are available to view online on Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) website.

On Friday (26 April) members of the Bus Network and Transport for Greater Manchester Services Sub-Committee will be asked to approve funding that will enable some vital services to continue to operate across Greater Manchester*.

While the majority of the city-region’s bus services are run by commercial operators who are free to decide routes, timetables and set fare levels, TfGM spends millions of pounds a year** to financially support those that run at times of the day and in areas where there is a social need.

Councillor Roger Jones, Chair of the Bus Network and Transport for Greater Manchester Services Sub-Committee, said: “We understand that buses are a vital lifeline for many passengers across Greater Manchester, providing hundreds of millions of journeys per year and accounting for over three quarters of all public transport journeys.

“This is why we continue to work hard to help support bus users and, where possible, maintain transport links in areas where a strong social need is identified.

“We strive to strike the right balance with the resources available to us and provide value for money, whilst endeavouring to ensure vital transport links are maintained to help more people remain connected to family, friends, jobs, health and opportunities.”

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

*58, 68, 415, 501, 507 and 561/2 services, which run in Bolton, Middleton, Oldham, Rochdale, Eccles and the Trafford Centre.

**£27.1m in 2017/18; £26.4m in 2016/17; £27.2m in 2015/16 and £27.3m in 2014/15.