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Changes to Greater Manchester bus routes saved from being withdrawn to come into effect

Passengers on dozens of bus routes saved from being withdrawn or reduced are being advised to check their service ahead of some changes coming in at the end of the month.

Over the summer, Greater Manchester leaders agreed a financial package to maintain vital services for communities across the region.

The new contracts awarded by Transport for Greater Manchester replace the 31 routes earmarked for withdrawal, while most of the 33 services set to be reduced in frequency or have routes changed will also be replaced, except in a small number of cases where alternative services are available.

The new services will come into place from Sunday 30th October, with the full list of routes available on TfGM’s dedicated webpage.

Stephen Rhodes, TfGM’s Director of Bus Services, said: “As we move towards delivering an integrated Bee Network, it was essential that we maintained these local services.

“Without an intervention, some communities would have been left with much reduced – or in some cases a complete lack of – bus services. This would have had a real impact on their ability to see friends and family, as well as access employment and education opportunities across the region.

“In most cases people won’t notice a difference, but there are some changes to times, frequencies and operator, so before these changes come into effect, I’d ask anyone who uses these services to check our website to make sure they have all the information they need before travelling.”

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