Amongst the items that were up for discussion was an agenda item reporting forthcoming changes to the bus network.
The report to the committee is split into several sections, with the first part looking at changes to the commercial network.
The commercial network covers services that are run commercially by the operator, so don’t receive any subsidy from either Transport for Greater Manchester or anyone else.
The report details changes across Greater Manchester and, the only one to directly affects us across Glossopdale is the decision that Stagecoach have taken to remove from the 30th August the 236 Glossop to Ashton Under Lyne service.
I’ve contacted Stagecoach to ask why, but I expect a similar response to my enquiry just under a year ago when they advised that the Sunday service was withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.
The report goes on to advise that Stagecoach intends to add additional journeys to the 237 to replace the 236 journeys.
However, the report doesn’t advise if that’s additional to the two journeys an hour that ran pre-Covid.
The report also advises that TFGM will not be looking to put in place any support to retain the 236 or making any other arrangements as it only effects “One pair of stops in GM unserved, within 500 metres of 237 at Hollingworth.”
The effect on our side of the border will see the only service covering Brookfield, and Wolley Bridge removed, with the stops at Wolley Bridge, Home Bargains and Glossop Caravans no longer receiving a service.
If you are affected by this change, please get in touch and let me know.
If you want to complain about this change, you can get in touch with Stagecoach via the following:
Stagecoach Manchester, Head Office
Hyde Road, Manchester