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Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
is a free bus system that operates in Greater Manchester. The system was first introduced in the Manchester city centre
Manchester city centre
in 2002, with three routes linking the city's major thoroughfares and stations with its main commercial, financial and cultural districts. In later years, similar services were introduced in Stockport
Stockport
and Bolton. An Oldham
Oldham
service ran temporarily in 2012 until a Metrolink line was constructed through the town.

Contents

1 Manchester

1.1 History 1.2 Partnership 1.3 Routes

2 Bolton

2.1 History 2.2 Partnership 2.3 Route

3 Stockport

3.1 History 3.2 Route

4 Oldham

4.1 History 4.2 Route

5 Future 6 References 7 External links

Manchester[edit] History[edit]

Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Transport Centreline bus on display at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

Transport across the Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
conurbation historically suffered from poor north–south connections due to the fact that Manchester's main railway stations, Piccadilly and Victoria,[1][2] were built in the 1840s on peripheral locations outside Manchester city centre. In the 1960s and 1970s, the public transport authority SELNEC evaluated a number of proposals to connect Manchester's northern and southern rail terminals, including several types of monorail systems[3] and metro-style systems.[4][5] A scheme was promoted to build an underground rail link across Manchester city centre, known as the Picc-Vic tunnel, but this failed to attract the necessary government funding and the project was cancelled in 1977.[6][7] To address the problem of cross-city transit, Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
PTE (SELNEC's successor) proposed a new circular shuttle bus service between Piccadilly and Victoria stations.[8] The new Centreline bus service was initially opposed by the Taxi Owners' Association, but was approved by the North Western Traffic Commissioner.[9] Centreline was first operated using a fleet of Seddon Pennine IV midibuses, noted for their diminutive appearance.[10] GMPTE also introduced an experimental battery-electric bus onto Centreline, the Lucas Electric Bus, which was based on the Seddon chassis and body. This was Greater Manchester's second electric bus, the first being SELNEC's experimental Silent Rider, but it was eventually taken out of service.[11] Operated under the Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Transport brand, Centreline came into operation on 1 July 1974. Passengers were charged a flat fare of 2p for each journey.[12]

First Manchester Optare Solo
Optare Solo
on Manchester route 2 in October 2007

First Manchester Optare Solo
Optare Solo
on Manchester route 1 in October 2009

Centreline continued to provide inter-station transit links for several years. After bus deregulation, the service was operated by GM Buses. In 1992, the new Metrolink light rail system began operating across Manchester city centre, providing an electric tram link between the mainline stations, although Centreline continued to operate. In 2002, the Centreline name disappeared from Manchester streets as the service was rebranded as Metroshuttle.[12] First Manchester was chosen by Transport for Greater Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester
(TfGM) to operate the service and has retained the contract. Two routes were introduced, numbered 1 and 2. The service was extremely successful. Route 3 was introduced in September 2005 and links additional areas of the city centre. Partnership[edit] Manchester's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
is a partnership between TfGM, Manchester City Council, National Car Parks
National Car Parks
and the property developer Allied London.[13] The service is zero-fare (free) and does not require any tickets or passes. Allied London own the Spinningfields
Spinningfields
mixed-use development and all three routes serve this site. The service is also partially supported by advertising. First Greater Manchester
First Greater Manchester
provides a publicity contribution. The free service costs approximately £1.2 million each year.[14] Routes[edit] The Manchester Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
network consists of three services, each operated by First Greater Manchester. The services were originally operated using a dedicated fleet of 18 Optare Solo
Optare Solo
minibuses with route branding applied for all services, Route 1 (orange), Route 2 (green), Route 3 (purple). Some Solos carried a generic livery, consisting of silver-grey in place of the route colours allowing them to be used on any route. In November 2010, 20 electric hybrids Optare Versas replaced the Solos.[15] In July 2014, three electric Optare Versas were introduced.[16] Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
bus stops also share the same route colour of the appropriate bus stopping there. These are the routes as of January 2017.[17]

Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
Route 1 Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
Route 2 Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
Route 3

Piccadilly railway station Piccadilly/Portland St – for Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens
Portland St/Chinatown – for Chinatown and Chorlton Street coach station Portland St/Portland Buildings Oxford St/St Peter's Square Peter St/Edwardian Hotel – for Manchester Central Library
Manchester Central Library
and Manchester Central Quay Street/ Deansgate
Deansgate
– for Museum of Science & Industry Byrom St/Hardman St – for Spinningfields Deansgate/ Spinningfields
Spinningfields
– for John Rylands Library Deansgate/King St West Deansgate/ Barton Arcade
Barton Arcade
– for Royal Exchange Deansgate/St Mary's Gate – for Exchange Square Victoria station approach – for Manchester Victoria railway station
Manchester Victoria railway station

High St/Turner St Church St/The Unicorn Dale St/ Oldham
Oldham
St – for Stevenson Square Piccadilly railway station

Operator: First Greater Manchester Times: 07:00–19:00 Monday–Friday, every 10 minutes 08:30–18:30 Saturday, every 10 minutes 09:30–17:55 Sunday and public holidays, every 12 minutes

Piccadilly railway station Stevenson Square Church St/The Unicorn Victoria station approach – for Manchester Victoria railway station
Manchester Victoria railway station

Deansgate/St Mary's Gate – for Exchange Square Deansgate/ Barton Arcade
Barton Arcade
– for Royal Exchange Deansgate/ Spinningfields
Spinningfields
– for John Rylands Library Deansgate/Peter Street – for Great Northern Warehouse Deansgate/Tonman St – for Beetham Tower Deansgate
Deansgate
Stn – for Deansgate
Deansgate
railway station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop
Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop
Oxford St/St Peter's Square Peter St/Edwardian Hotel – for Manchester Central Library
Manchester Central Library
and Manchester Central Deansgate/ Spinningfields
Spinningfields
– for John Rylands Library Deansgate/King St West Deansgate/ Barton Arcade
Barton Arcade
– for Royal Exchange Deansgate/St Mary's Gate – for Exchange Square Victoria station approach – for Manchester Victoria railway station
Manchester Victoria railway station

Shudehill Interchange
Shudehill Interchange
– for The Printworks High St/Turner St Church St/The Unicorn Dale St/ Oldham
Oldham
St – for Stevenson Square Piccadilly railway station

Operator: First Greater Manchester Times: 06:30–18:30 Monday–Friday, every 10 minutes 08:30–18:30 Saturday, every 10 minutes 09:35–18:00 Sunday and public holidays, every 12 minutes

Piccadilly railway station Piccadilly/Portland St – for Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens
Charlotte Street/Chinatown – for Manchester Art Gallery King Street/Brown Street St Mary's Gate/Exchange St – for Manchester Arndale Deansgate/ Barton Arcade
Barton Arcade
– for Royal Exchange Deansgate/Spinningfields* – for John Rylands Library Quay Street/Deansgate* – for Museum of Science & Industry Byrom St/Hardman St* – for Spinningfields Deansgate/Spinningfields* – for John Rylands Library John Dalton St/St James Sq – for Albert Square King Street/Brown Street York St/Mosley St New York St/George St – for Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens
Chorlton Street coach station Chorlton St/Aytoun Campus – for University of Manchester
University of Manchester
(north campus) Piccadilly railway station

Operator: First Greater Manchester Times: 07:25–19:20 Monday–Friday, every 10 minutes 08:35–18:25 Saturday, every 10 minutes 09:40–18:05 Sunday and public holidays, every 12 minutes

* denotes peak hours only (07:25–09:30 and 16:30–19:20 Monday–Friday) Bolton[edit] History[edit] Bolton's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
first began operating on 17 November 2008 and follows a similar operation to Manchester's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
on a 12-month trial. Bluebird Bus
Bus
& Coach was chosen by TfGM to operate the service.[18] The company ran the service until 25 January 2010, when Maytree Travel
Maytree Travel
took over the operation of the service.[19] The service has been re-routed on three occasions, the first to serve the Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
supermarket in the town, and then again in January 2011, when the service was given a 12-month contract extension[20] and re-routed to serve the university and the adjoining Bolton
Bolton
One leisure and health centre. This route change saw the service reduced from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes.[21] In November 2012, it was announced that the contract for the service had been extended for another year and that South Lancs Travel had been successful in winning the tender for the Bolton
Bolton
Metroshuttle. The company took over the operation of the service from 31 December 2012 and uses Optare Versa
Optare Versa
diesel hybrid vehicles purchased by Transport for Greater Manchester.[22] The route was again amended, with the University/ Bolton
Bolton
One section of route removed. This saw the frequency increase to every 12 minutes. Following a further contract extension the tender for the Bolton Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
was won by Cumfybus
Cumfybus
who took over the service in 2013. The Transport for Greater Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester
(TFGM) vehicles transferred from Diamond North West to Cumfybus's Bolton
Bolton
depot. On 4th September 2017 Bolton's new transport Interchange on Great Moor Street opened and all services transferred from the old Moor Lane Bus Station. This saw many local bus services being subjected to route changes. The Bolton
Bolton
Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
was amended to serve a newly installed stop outside Bolton
Bolton
Market which would now be the first stop after departing the interchange. The frequency was reduced to every 15 minutes to allow for this extra routing. After the latest tender process the Bolton
Bolton
Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
is now operated by UK Coachways, trading as Vision Bus, who took over the contract from 3rd January 2018. Partnership[edit] Bolton's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
is a partnership between GMPTA and Bolton Council. The service is completely zero-fare (free) and does not require any tickets or passes. The free service will cost approximately £200,000 per year.[23] Route[edit] Bolton's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
originally consisted of two 25-seater Alexander Dennis Enviro200 single decker buses, with black and red route branding,[24] although this changed following Maytree Travel
Maytree Travel
taking over the service, who replaced it with a blue branding.[25] In 2012 Transport for Greater Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester
provided two Optare Versa diesel-electric hybrid vehicles in a blue version of the Metroshuttle branding similar to the livery of the vehicles provided for the Manchester and Stockport
Stockport
Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
services. The service starts at Stand F at Bolton
Bolton
Interchange, before serving Bolton
Bolton
Market (next to the old Moor Lane Bus
Bus
station) and looping back to the train station and running anti-clockwise around the town centre using existing stops within the town centre before returning to the Interchange.

Route 500

Bolton
Bolton
Interchange Bolton
Bolton
Market Newport Street - For Bolton
Bolton
Railway Station Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
Superstore Bradshawgate - for Crompton Place Shopping Centre Deansgate Bridge Street – for Market Place Shopping Centre and The Light Cinema Bath Street - for NCP Multi-storey Car Park Knowsley Street – for Market Place Shopping Centre Deansgate
Deansgate
(West) - for Bolton
Bolton
Town Hall, Albert Halls and Central Post Office Black Horse Street stop CC – for Bolton
Bolton
Market and Octagon Theatre Bolton
Bolton
Interchange

Operator: Vision Bus Times: 09:00–17:00 Monday-Saturday, every 15 minutes

Stockport[edit] History[edit] Stockport's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
first began operating during Christmas 2007 as a complementary shuttle designed to help ferry the elderly and disabled around Stockport
Stockport
more easily. It was reintroduced on 29 November 2008 as permanent fixture. Branded the Stockport
Stockport
Shuttle Bus it was operated by Solutions SK on behalf of Stockport
Stockport
Council,[26] before operations switched to Freshfield Coaches the following month, after it was revealed that SolutionsSK had been operating the service with a freight licence.[27] The service was re-branded in August 2009 to form part of the Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
network, and was given a new livery to mark the change. Prior to this, the fleet (consisting of Optare Solos) were unpainted and fairly run down, even lacking roll blinds. The fleet was replaced with new Alexander Dennis Enviro200s, fitted with digital displays.[28] In 2010, the operator of the service changed, with Oldham
Oldham
based Swan's Travel taking over the service [29] on a short-term basis, before being replaced by Bluebird in October 2010.[30] Bluebird ran the service until March 2011, when the service was taken over by Stagecoach Manchester,[31] who run the majority of services in Stockport. Stagecoach ran the service until 1 July 2012, when it was transferred to Arriva North West's Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
depot. After Late 2012 Manchester Community Transport
Manchester Community Transport
ran the Service With 2 Optare Versa
Optare Versa
diesel hybrid vehicles purchased by Transport for Greater Manchester but also run it with other buses in Stockport
Stockport
depot. Manchester Community Transport
Manchester Community Transport
still Hold the contract to this day. Route[edit] Stockport's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
runs in two loops around Stockport
Stockport
town centre and use existing stops, as well as dedicated stops in areas where other services do not operate within the town centre. The service starts from Stockport
Stockport
bus station and runs to Stockport railway station via Grand Central Stockport
Stockport
before returning to the bus station then via Mersey Square, Bridgefield Street, Warren Street (for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
and Asda), Great Portland Street to Tesco before returning via Knightsbridge, Warren Street (for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
and Asda again), Millgate, Churchgate, Little Underbank and Great Underbank to Stockport
Stockport
Bus
Bus
Station.

Route 300

Stockport
Stockport
bus station (Stand C) – for Hat Works
Hat Works
St Peter's Square High Street Piccadilly – for Magistrates Court Edward Street – for Stockport
Stockport
Town Hall Stockport
Stockport
railway station – for railway station and Grand Central Leisure Complex Exchange Street – for Garrick Theatre Stockport
Stockport
bus station (Stand W) Mersey Square – for Merseyway Shopping Centre Bridgefield Street Princes Street Warren Street – for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
& Asda Great Portwood Street – for Peel Centre & retail park Tesco Extra Great Portwood Street – for Peel Centre & retail park Knightsbridge Bridge Street Warren Street – for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
& Asda Churchgate – for Staircase House
Staircase House
& Stockport
Stockport
Market Wellington Street Lower Hillgate Great Underbank Chestergate – for Air Raid Shelter Stockport
Stockport
bus station (stand C)

Operator: Manchester Community Transport Times: 08:00–18:00 Monday-Saturday, every 12 minutes 10:30–17:00 Sunday, every 12 minutes

Oldham[edit] History[edit] In June 2012, the Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Metrolink
tram network started running services to Oldham
Oldham
with trams running to a temporary Oldham
Oldham
Mumps tram stop located near the former railway station before trams start running into the town centre and a new Mumps stop in 2014. Following criticism of long walks up steep hils into the town centre from passengers, Transport for Greater Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester
and Oldham
Oldham
Council organised a free service linking the tram stop with the town centre.[32] The service was branded as Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
and started service on 30 July 2012[33] running a half-hourly service. From 1 October 2012, the service increased to every 20 minutes with Optare Versa
Optare Versa
hybrids, similar to the ones used on the Manchester Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
services, also introduced.[34] The service was extended to run until 20:00 on Thursdays from mid-November 2012 until Christmas and also on weekdays on the week before Christmas to appeal to Christmas shoppers in Oldham.[35] The service continued until the town began to be served by Metrolink.[36] Route[edit] Oldham's Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
starts outside the Metrolink station on Victoria Street. The service then heads to Oldham
Oldham
town centre along the Oldham Way by-pass (A62 before heading into town via King Street stopping near Mecca Bingo. The service had previously run temporarily to the Manchester Street roundabout and then up Manchester Street, stopping outside Aldi
Aldi
while King Street was closed due to the Metrolink work going on in the town centre. From King Street, the service continues into the town centre and the bus station, stopping at the Cheapside station at stand C. The route then follows the same route as several of the fare-paying services via St Mary's Way, Lord Street, Yorkshire Street and Princes Street back onto the Oldham
Oldham
Way before looping around to the tram stop on the other side of the carriageway via Huddersfield Road, Cross Street and Lees Road. An additional stop on Lees Road was introduced from October 2012.[34]

Route 400

Oldham
Oldham
Mumps tram stop for trams to Manchester city centre, Chorlton and St Werburgh's Road King Street – for Oldham
Oldham
College and Oldham
Oldham
Sixth Form College Oldham
Oldham
bus station (stand C) – for buses, Town Square/Spindles shopping centre, Magistrates Court and Civic Centre Lord Street (stop LB) – for Oldham
Oldham
Sports Centre and Tommyfield Market Yorkshire Street (stop YB) – for Oldham
Oldham
library, Sainsburys and Town Square/Spindles shopping centre Yorkshire Street (stop A) Lees Road/Cross Street Oldham
Oldham
Mumps tram stop

Operator: Manchester Community Transport Times: 09:40–16:20 daily, every 20 minutes

Future[edit] Following the success of Metroshuttle, Transport for Greater Manchester have been studying the feasibility of introducing Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
routes in other towns in Greater Manchester, to provide a high-quality town centre bus service that links key public transport nodes and car parks with the main retail, commercial, leisure and cultural destinations within town centres.[37] Other towns like Bury
Bury
and Wigan
Wigan
had been mentioned to gain routes,[38] however, the chances of this happening were reduced following the rejection of the Manchester Congestion Charge
Manchester Congestion Charge
in December 2008. However, Oldham
Oldham
gained a Metroshuttle
Metroshuttle
service in July 2012. References[edit]

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