First Manchester announces Christmas and New Year timetable
FIRST MANCHESTER ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TIMETABLE
- Vantage service to help health workers get to MRI on Sundays and Bank Holidays
- Early morning Sunday services added from 27 December to run throughout 2021
First Manchester has announced its timetable for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. This covers routes from Oldham and the Vantage service based in Bolton and operated in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester.
From Monday 21 December to Wednesday 23 December usual weekday services will operate but switch to a Saturday timetable on Christmas Eve, with an earlier start and services stopping at approximately 18:00. There are no services on Christmas Day and a special timetable for a limited number of services on Boxing Day.
A Sunday timetable will operate on Sunday 27 December and the Bank Holiday Monday 28 December, but First Manchester has introduced two early morning services and adjusted departures on the V1 service between Leigh and Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) to support the shift patterns of health workers.
This means there will be new journeys on V1 service at 06:30 from Leigh and at 07:30 from MRI. The 06:50 from Leigh will depart at 07:00 and the 07:55 from MRI is changed to 08:00. These early morning improvements will continue to apply every Sunday and on most Bank Holidays.
Barry Slater, Busway Manager for the Vantage service at First Manchester, said: “We listened to customer feedback about the Sunday and Bank Holidays and were happy to adjust timetables to help key workers, which is something we have done throughout the pandemic.”
The Saturday timetable with earlier starts will resume on Tuesday 29 December until Thursday 31 December with services ending at 18:00 on New Year’s Eve.
No buses will operate on New Year’s Day and from the first weekend of 2021 normal timetables will resume featuring the Sunday improvements to service V1.
Full details can be found on a dedicated page of the First Manchester website https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-manchester/