A MYSTERY of a disappearing bus stop in Stalybridge has been resolved.
The stop for the 387 and 389 services outside Ridge Hill Working Men’s Club has been reinstated after a mix-up.Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) told Paul Bishop, the working men’s club’s CEO, that the sign for the bus stop on Ridge Hill Lane, which is well used by club members, was removed from the lamppost in error.
Paul said: “It was like an April Fools’ joke but in December and it was bizarre how the bus stop disappeared.
“We thought it was something to do with the bus timetable changes that were recently introduced, but TfGM didn’t know anything about it.
“It had not been removed through official channels and apparently had been done in error.
“The lamppost was still there but, as the sign had been removed, bus drivers didn’t stop as they must have thought it had been taken away.”
Paul added the disappearing bus stop affected club members.
He continued: “We received complaints from quite a few members, especially pensioners over the Christmas period.
“Quite often they get the bus from the town centre to Ridge Hill Estate and drop off at the club.”
Paul contacted First Bus and TfGM on behalf of club members and was assured the bus stop had been removed by mistake and it would have been reinstated.
“Hopefully it is a case of all’s well that ends well,” he said.
A spokesman for the bus company said: “TfGM were notified mid-December that the bus stop had been removed.
“We did not remove the plate in error and currently have a temporary stop card attached to the lighting column.
“A new pole and plate has been installed at this location.”