Greater Manchester routes saved

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Some bus services, like the 59 from Oldham to Manchester, will see frequency reductions. RICHARD SHARMAN

Passengers on dozens of bus routes across the Greater Manchester area which have been saved from being withdrawn or reduced are being advised to check their service due to numerous changes from the end of October.

Over the summer, Greater Manchester leaders agreed a financial package to maintain the at-risk services for communities across the region, which it described as ‘vital.’

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 transport authority has said.

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.”