Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched two new transport services. The Pennine Local Link is designed to offer convenient and affordable transport links between Littleborough, Milnrow, Small Bridge and the Royal Oldham Hospital. It is to run weekdays from 05.00 to 19.00. Passengers need to register once and can then book journeys online or by phone for up to one week before, with an hour’s notice needed. Customers can get picked up or dropped off at home or anywhere in the service area. The range of fares, intended to be affordable, include concessions, single, return, four-day and weekly tickets. Customers can buy them from the driver or on their smartphones using the ‘get me there’ app. Journeys can be booked by phone or online and several journeys can be booked in one phone call. Additionally, a new 16 bus service, operated by Stott’s Tours, will run between Rochdale and North Manchester General Hospital via Middleton.
Vice Chair of the TfGM Committee, Cllr Mark Aldred, said, ‘The launch of these two new transport services emphasises our commitment to making travel easier, by providing accessible ways of making essential journeys. Local Link is an affordable, easy to use way to get around and I’m pleased to see it running in these new areas, offering sustainable transport links to local healthcare. As well as offering vital local transport links, people can use the service to connect with bus and Metrolink services, opening up even more travel opportunities.’