Commuters win bus travel battle

A COUNCILLOR is hailing a victory for commuters disrupted by massive railway bridge works.

The borough’s Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) representative Norman Bradbury had been demanding a re-think on the emergency early morning bus services laid on because of the closure of Bolton Road until the new year for repairs to Atherton Central Rail Station.

Now three new services - at 7.02am and 7.30am (and 7.08am on Saturdays) - have been added to the rush hour time table set to run until the projected re-opening of the road again in December. Both will run from the temporary stop now erected on the corner of Marlborough Road.

Coun Norman said that he had taken complaints from 18 passengers waiting at the bus stop who feared that they wouldn’t be able to get to work on time.

While a number of pupils also stated that they wouldn’t be able to make a connection at Four Lane Ends with their School Bus to Mount St Josephs High School in Bolton.

In addition to this many potential passengers had decided to walk to Four Lane Ends to catch an earlier No 852 service, so the figures didn’t take into account the number of passengers en route to Four Lane Ends.