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Stagecoach Dennis Trident Donated to Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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Image provided by MoTGM Back in 1999, the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester held an ‘accessible transport’ event with help and displays to enable less-mobile visitors to sample the preserved buses whose high floors and steep steps made them hard to experience.  To highlight the progress being made, Stagecoach Manchester brought along the very first of its new generation of something called a ‘low floor’ double deck bus with no entrance steps and easier access. It was their number 612, a Dennis Trident 2 with Alexander ALX400 body, brand new and yet to enter service. Fast forward to 2021 and that very same bus is back in the Museum again – as a preserved exhibit, kindly donated by Stagecoach Manchester to represent the new generation of buses with better accessibility. After use as a driver trainer, at the age of 22 years, it enters the growing ranks of preserved buses from the turn of the century and in due course it’ll be painted into the iconic stripes livery. Museum Chairman De

Rosso to Run More Buses as Many Timetables Return to Normal This Weekend

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North West bus operator Rosso is today confirming many of its buses will return to normal timetables this weekend, with more buses added to ensure everyone can continue to travel safely.

The bus firm’s move comes as children prepare to return to school five months on from the start of lockdown restrictions.

The company also says increasing number of customers are also returning to its services for work and leisure trips now that travel restrictions have eased, with added reassurance from its unique “Clean, Safe and Ready to Go” customer promise to provide the highest standards of cleanliness and safety on all of its buses.

Rosso’s Operations Manager Phil Harris said:

“With increased and thorough cleaning of each bus, clear safety guidance on board and a warm welcome from our amazing team, the time is right to welcome more of our customers back to the bus.

“Recognising that working patterns for many have changed, we’re now offering flexible ticket bundles as part-time home working has risen in popularity. All of these are available instantly on our Transdev Go mobile app, which also tracks every service throughout its route and shows our customers how much capacity there is on every bus at any point in the journey.

“We’re ready to help people travelling back to work, back to the shops, back to leisure and back to education, while also reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in our local towns and cities. It’s time to come back to the bus.”

From this Sunday 30th August 2020, the following changes will be introduced:

  • 8: Burnley to Bacup then Todmorden – new timetable introduced, with some journeys reserved for school students only
  • 464: Accrington to Rawtenstall, then Bacup and Rochdale: normal timetable resumed with minor timing changes. The 7.43am journey from Bacup to Rochdale and the 7.43am bus from Rochdale to Whitworth will be reserved for school students only
  • Irwell Line: Burnley or Blackburn to Rawtenstall, then Bury: normal timetable resumed on Monday to Saturday, except for special service 883 which will be reserved for school students only
  • Lakeline: Rochdale to Littleborough – normal timetable resumed
  • Tottington Line: Tottington to Bury – normal timetable resumed, with special service 969 at 8.07am from Bury to Tottington High School, returning at 3.10pm, reserved for school students only
  • Trax: Bury to Rochdale – Normal timetable resumed, but no FAST journeys will operate. Additional school day only journeys will run at 7.43am from Fairfield Hospital to Bury, and at 4.10pm from Bury to Fairfield
Other services will continue to run at unchanged times, while a Sunday service will run on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2020.

Full details of all services operated by Rosso, including timetables and travel advice, are available online at: transdevbus.co.uk/rosso and on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app. Customers can also see at a glance how busy their bus is before travelling using the website or app.

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