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RE: First Manchester - Polo Mint - 15/03/2014 23:43

Doesn't look like it, but maybe it should be re-numbered to route 40 as to complement route 41.

Rossendale Bus started route 469 in competition against First and it operates a different route. First operates every 10 mins Tottington to Jericho with 2 buses extending to Rochdale. Whilst Rossendale operate every 30 mins Rochdale to Bury - the route doesn't extend to Tottington and goes via the grounds of Fairfield Hospital, whilst First 469 goes right past the hospital.

Speaking of this route the First operated journeys seem a lot quieter.


RE: First Manchester - james - 15/03/2014 23:48

(15/03/2014 23:05)Metroline1511 Wrote:  Although routes 41 and 42 are mostly Streetlite, I saw Volvo B7TL 30956 and 30958 on route 41 yesterday.

As route 42 from East Didsbury to Nth Manchester Hospital will be a different route from the traditional Stagecoach route 42 from Stockport to Piccadilly, should First eventually give their route a new number?
i would think this decision would be for it to stay the same as the greater part and patronage of the route town - dids has been numbered 42 since corporation days so more people will see a 42 and know where its going if you introduce a new number they wont know the bus unless they are clued up like us on here eg more people know the 42 goes down wilmslow road than a say 157 or a 197 if you get what i mean hopefully a lot of students who study/live in the uni area will be maybe be on placements at nmgh and other parts on the new route i athink this is what first is aiming for like stagecoach did with the 50 to media city


RE: First Manchester - Polo Mint - 16/03/2014 00:02

Great points, most people know that the 42/142/43/143 run down Oxford Road, but are not sure about other services. A new route number is confusing, but the situation isn't as bad as the whole 469 episode, as the main body of the route from Piccadilly to Parrs Wood runs the same journey as Stagecoach.

I think First should heavily target new students starting in September with good deals for yearly passes and so on.


RE: First Manchester - Metroline1511 - 16/03/2014 18:56

A compromise would be for First to number their service 42B, or even 42H with H meaning Hospital! With First and Stagecoach having both made acquisitions on the opposite sides of Manchester, this will increase the scope for future cross-city routes, except that lucrative roads will already be largely "maxed out" for buses as it were.


RE: First Manchester - james - 16/03/2014 19:18

(16/03/2014 18:56)Metroline1511 Wrote:  A compromise would be for First to number their service 42B, or even 42H with H meaning Hospital! With First and Stagecoach having both made acquisitions on the opposite sides of Manchester, this will increase the scope for future cross-city routes, except that lucrative roads will already be largely "maxed out" for buses as it were.
stagecoach did this years ago with the 42 they had 42 42a 42b 42r 42x they just confused everyone

if i remember it was
42 picc - stockport
42a albert sq - reddish
42 r reddish - albert sq/picc
42b millgate lane - picc (peak journeys)
42x didsbury village - picc
and im sure there was a couple more variations too


RE: First Manchester - Benzo - 17/03/2014 09:54

More repaints coming on
Another B10 60380 in the fresh new livery


RE: First Manchester - SF07 - 18/03/2014 18:38

Coverage in the Manchester Evening News about First's plans to extend the 42 to NMGH

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/new-bus-route-go-direct-6845484


RE: First Manchester - SLTRegular - 19/03/2014 01:09

For the people that said the 18 Hybrids have lost there Finglands tickets accepted displays on the fronts and sides of buses i would like to say this is rubbish as atleast 5 still have them fitted there was also a 57 plater on the 18 today


RE: First Manchester - YSV-205 - 19/03/2014 10:29

(18/03/2014 18:38)SF07 Wrote:  Coverage in the Manchester Evening News about First's plans to extend the 42 to NMGH

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/new-bus-route-go-direct-6845484

Are the 'streetlites' the ones that are already based in Rusholme or are more on the way?

I must say I think that the photo should have shown the 'streetlites' so potential travellers could see they were 'new' buses rather than those 55 & 06 plate Volvo eclipse's. This really should have been a must. An article about new buses showing old buses. What is the point...........?


RE: First Manchester - SF07 - 19/03/2014 18:24

(19/03/2014 10:29)YSV-205 Wrote:  Are the 'streetlites' the ones that are already based in Rusholme or are more on the way?

I must say I think that the photo should have shown the 'streetlites' so potential travellers could see they were 'new' buses rather than those 55 & 06 plate Volvo eclipse's. This really should have been a must. An article about new buses showing old buses. What is the point...........?

The Streetlites are the ones that are currently being used at Rusholme depots. I think the photos of the B7RLEs on the MEN website is just stock photos used to illustrate any stories involving First bus.

(19/03/2014 01:09)SLTRegular Wrote:  For the people that said the 18 Hybrids have lost there Finglands tickets accepted displays on the fronts and sides of buses i would like to say this is rubbish as atleast 5 still have them fitted there was also a 57 plater on the 18 today

I've seen at least a couple of hybrids with the Finglands stickers still on the top windows.