A new, trial door-to-door Local Link bus service launched in Denshaw, Oldham, earlier this year has proven so successful that transport leaders have agreed to make it a long-term offer.
In April this year, the existing Uppermill/Mossley Local Link service was extended, on a one-year trial basis, to cover the Denshaw area during the day, Monday to Saturday, and to provide links from the area to Oldham Bus Station in the evening.
Figures considered by members of TfGMC’s Bus Network and TfGM Services Sub Committee today showed that 14 per cent of passengers using the overall service between May and July originated from the trial area.
In addition, overall year-on-year patronage for May to July has increased from 7,764 in 2011 to 8,566 this year.
As a result, committee members today agreed that the extension should become a permanent part of the Uppermill/Mossley Local Link service.
Councillor Mark Aldred, Chair of the Bus Network and TfGM Services Sub-Committee, said: “I’m really pleased that this extension has proved to be such a success in the short time it’s been running.
“We have to be confident that any new service is going to be used, and used well, in order to justify spending public money in providing it.
“That’s why we launched this service on a yearlong trial basis, but it’s clearly meeting a need and it will continue to be part of the Local Link service for as long as that need is there.”
Local Link, which caters for more than 300,000 journeys a year across Greater Manchester, is a door-to-door bus service that runs in areas where normal public transport is limited. It can be used by anyone living within the set service area.
Passengers can register for free and book a journey on the Uppermill/Mossley Local Link by calling 0161 343 6449, or online by visiting: www.tfgm.com.