As flagged a few weeks ago, TFGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) and DCC (Derbyshire County Council) have started a retendering exercise for the 341 Glossop, Gamesley to Hyde service.
TFGM has advised some further details on the tender currently out for the service, which, subject to receiving an acceptable price, they would be looking to award.
The tender has gone out to run for a little over two years, with a potential option to extend and includes a new timetable.
The potential new timetable is broadly similar to the current timetable continuing the hourly service between Glossop and Hyde.
There are, however, several changes to the current times, mostly minor but more significant in some cases.
First, the good news there will be an earlier first journey to Hyde, getting into Hyde just after 8 am, along with the last two journeys from Hyde completing a Glossop, Simmondley, and Gamesley trip instead of heading straight back to their depot as at current.
The calls around Simmondley also start and finish later than at current, and the slight change to times in the afternoon on Saturdays no longer happens.
Now the less welcome news, the current early morning Gamesley and Glossop short trips are not included, and the alternative trips do not match the current times.
I’ve queried this around two of the trips that will no longer run and will advise when I hear anything further.
TFGM advise that they expect they will be in a position to confirm the arrangements by mid-September; DCC hope they may be able to report a little sooner.
The 237 / 358 services are going through the same process at the moment, but I don’t have any additional details on the likely timetables.
As soon as the details are confirmed, I will update you here and on my blog.
Please get in touch if you have any comments or questions.