Bus services upheaval expected due to new timetable changes

BUS passengers in Mossley and Stalybridge face more upheaval with timetable changes coming into force on Sunday, April 28.

The 340, 348, 350, 353 and 354 services, previously operated by First Greater Manchester, are all affected.

It will no longer operate the 340, 353 and 354 services while some buses are being withdrawn on other routes.

First Greater Manchester said: “We have been making changes to our operation over the last year to provide greater stability to the bus network across Greater Manchester and, as part of a recent review, we will be introducing service changes from Sunday, April 28.

“We’ve informed Transport for Greater Manchester of our plans to discontinue some bus services and where possible, another operator will be taking over these routes.

“We’d advise customers to contact TfGM on 0161 244 1000 for more information on this.

“The following services will no longer be operated by First Manchester: 149, 340, 353 & 354 and 415.

“The following evening services will no longer be operated by First Manchester: 350, 425, 501, 507, 561 & 562.”

The changes to the local routes:

• 340: First Greater Manchester will no longer operate the 340 Oldham to Ashton service which operates through Mossley, Millbrook and Stalybridge.

They advise contacting TfGM on 0161 244 1000 for more information regarding the new operator.

• 348: Ashton to Carrbrook. The 23.35 journey from Ashton to Carrbrook Monday to Sat-urday is to be withdrawn. The last journey will now be 23.10 from Ashton to Carrbrook.

Contact TfGM on 0161 244 1000 for more information regarding the new evening journeys operator. Please note FirstSaver tickets will not be valid to use on other bus operator services.

• 350: Oldham to Ashton. First Manchester will no longer operate evening bus services for the 350 Monday to Saturday.

There will be an additional journey at 18.20 from Ashton to Hey Farm.

The last journeys from Oldham will be: Monday to Friday: 18.00, Saturday: 17.29 and Sunday: 17.50.

The last journeys from Ashton will be: Monday to Saturday: 19.00, Sunday: 17.35.

Contact TfGM on 0161 244 1000 for more information regarding the new evening journeys operator. FirstSaver tickets will not be valid to use on other bus operator services.

• 353/354: Ashton to Saddleworth via Mossley, Heyrod and Stalybridge.

First Manchester will no longer operate the 353/354 bus services. It will be operated by Nexus Moves, who also operate the 356 Saddleworth Rambler.

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