Stagecoach Route Number Shakeup in Wigan

Stagecoach Route Number Shakeup in Wigan
A Stagecoach in Wigan owned MAN 18.220 with Alexander ALX300 bodywork working the 598 service.Tom Harrison

Stagecoach bus services in Wigan are set for a massive overhaul in October and January 2019 after the firm announced a complete overhaul of its route numbers for services across Wigan, Leigh and Ashton.

Stagecoach in Wigan is set to make the changes to bus numbers and fare charges on several of its services across Wigan, Leigh and Ashton, which it says will simplify the experience for commuters.

A statement on the Stagecoach website said: “We want to make using a Stagecoach bus easy for you. We’ve simplified our route numbers and single fares, so many of you who buy single fares will now be paying less.”

Routes changing on Sunday 28th October 2018 will be:

631 (Wigan to Highfield Grange) is changing to the 1.
632 (Wigan to Hawkley Hall) is changing to the 2.
621 (Kitt Green circular) is changing to the 3.
628 (Kitt Green Circular) is changing to the 4.
625 (Wigan to Beech Hill) is changing to the 5.
626 (Wigan to Beech Hill) is changing to the 6.

These changes will be followed on 27th January 2019 by more alterations, which are:

540 (Wigan to Bolton) will become the 7.
598 (Wigan to Leigh) will become the 8.
658 (Wigan to Higher Folds, via Leigh) will become the 9.
600 (Wigan to Leigh, via Ashton) will become the 10.
601 (Wigan to Leigh, via Ashton) will become the 10a.

However, the bus company said it would be keeping some Wigan route numbers as they were. These include the 34/X34 to Manchester, the 113 to Preston, the 593 to Leigh, the 634 to Castle Hill and the 635 to Wrightington Hospital.

Ticket prices will also be changing from Sunday 28th October 2018. Single fares bought from the driver have been simplified, starting at £1.50 and increasing in 50p increments up to £3.50.

Wigan Dayrider prices will increase from £4 to 4.20, and seven-day tickets will rise from £14 to £14.50. The prices of one day, seven day and longer period tickets covering travel throughout Greater Manchester are unchanged. Don’t forget you can now pay contactless on the bus too, although cash is still accepted.

The changes will come into effect on the same day that Wigan opens its new bus station, two months ahead of time after a £15.7m reconstruction project. To find out more about the changes to bus services, visit stagecoachbus.com.

Tom Harrison
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