More lo­cal buses needed

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

I AM so pleased that Coun Mark Al­dred, chair­man of the TfGM Com­mit­tee, has come up with the bril­liant op­tion of the free Manch­ester city cen­tre bus ser­vice – and to run un­til 10pm – how mar­vel­lous.

What a pity he can­not use the same thought­ful idea to pro­vide a nec­es­sary bus ser­vice from Mid­dle­ton to Old­ham – namely the num­ber 415.

This ser­vice used to run ev­ery 15 min­utes, then it was re­vised to run ev­ery 20 min­utes. An­other re­vi­sion fol­lowed to make it a 30-minute ser­vice – I must point out that they have given the would-be pas­sen­gers on the route a sort of prac­tice run for the again re­vised ser­vice of one an hour.

I say we were given a sort of prac­tice run as quite fre­quently one of the half-hourly ser­vice buses would be miss­ing, so we had an idea what it would be like to wait for an hour for the next one.

Sev­eral times I have been told that the 415 is a ‘lux­ury’ ser­vice – yes, it’s a lux­ury when one turns up.

The wife of a bus driver told me that if a driver is miss­ing from an­other ser­vice, for ex­am­ple the 409 or 83, then a driver is taken off the 415 route.

Coun An­ge­liki Sto­gia, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for trans­port, is also giv­ing a rap­tur­ous re­sponse to the free city ser­vice. I would guess that nei­ther of the coun­cil­lors quoted have el­derly rel­a­tives liv­ing on a rub­bish bus route. Get your pri­or­i­ties right, coun­cil­lors, and get re­ally nec­es­sary routes work­ing prop­erly. If you can pro­vide driv­ers for a free bus ser­vice, run­ning ev­ery ten min­utes through to 10pm, you should be able to or­gan­ise a much-needed lo­cal bus ser­vice. Mar­garet H, Chad­der­ton

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