Stagecoach Simplify Bus Route Numbers in Wigan, Leigh and Bolton

Stagecoach Simplify Bus Route Numbers in Wigan, Leigh and Bolton
A Stagecoach in Wigan Volvo B7RLE with Wrightbus Eclipse Urban bodywork at Heaton Park.Tom Harrison

Stagecoach Manchester has completed its renumbering of services in Wigan, Leigh and Bolton today as it looks to continue to make bus travel easier for its customers.

Following the success of the changes made in October, from Sunday 27th January 2019 Stagecoach are completing the renumbering of local services in Wigan and Leigh to numbers 1 to 10.

    The buses being renumbered are as follows:
  • 540 is changing to 7
  • 593 is changing to 8
  • 598 is changing to 8
  • 658 is changing to 9
  • 600 is changing to 10
  • 601 is changing to 10A

Service 34 to Manchester and 113 to Preston will keep the same route numbers, while services 634 and 635, which Stagecoach operate on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester, will also be unchanged.

In addition to the renumbering of services, there will also be some timetable changes to a selection of services, largely to improve punctuality for customers.

Service 34 and X34 will also operate a new route between Bryn and Manchester from 27th January with new links to Winton, Monton and Salford Royal Hospital. All X34 journeys will be renumbered to 34.

The full list of service changes can be found on the Stagecoach website. A leaflet, with route maps will also be distributed to households around the services affected.

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “It is essential that our services are designed with the people and communities who use them in mind. By simplifying the way we number our Wigan services, we’re able to make it easier for more people to travel by bus and take advantage of its value and practicality.”

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  • Peter
    25th October 2019, 8:45 pm

    I noticed this on First Manchester’s website before….
    https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-manchester/news-and-service-updates/current-issues/joint-operator-ticket-update
    As the website mentions, from 1/1/2020, "An individual operator’s tickets will only be valid on that operator’s buses."
    A few months ago one could buy a First weekly or monthly ticket, which could be used for travel across a much wider area of Greater Manchester than will shortly be the case, as the above indicates.
    I wonder if First, Go North West and Diamond will be reducing the cost of their passes to reflect the reduced area of travel their passes will be valid for at the beginning of 2020?

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