I Wanna Ride The Bus!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Another Fine Mess

I don't often take the bus into Manchester first thing in the morning. Normally the shifts I do mean that I have to be in work before the buses start, so it was a rare treat to be able to take the bus into work today for a morning start.

However, I had a bit of a shock on the 67 bus today, for some reason or other, GMPTE think fit to run the buses on a different route into Manchester city centre outside of main shopping hours. It appears that the route 8 runs on it's old route through to the Shudehill turn and then to the bus station, while the others go over Blackfriars bridge, and then turn left onto Corporation Street.

Why, is anybody's guess. The route through Victoria Station is beneficial to public transport users as it provides a direct interchange with the rail network and stations all over the north of Manchester and other locations in Yorkshire. The alternative route serves two different bus stops that the PTE deem are suitably served, as all outbound routes go through Victoria Station.

It is this kind of mixed-up thinking that puts people off using public transport. After all, who knows where you're going to end up?

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