We have received a lot of complaints from residents and bus users about the recent removal of the 478 service serving the north of Bury and Ramsbottom.
The 477 (which is now the only service that operates to various parts of Ramsbottom – including the Nuttall Lane area, Whittingham Drive and Summerseat) is provided with the financial support of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) but only operates until 2pm.
As your Councillors for Ramsbottom, we have been lobbying Transport for Greater Manchester officials as there is now no service for residents to come back from Bury after 2pm.
Following discussions with Rosso Buses, it is now proposed (subject to TfGM agreeing funding) that some 478 services from Bury to Ramsbottom via Brandlesholme, Holcombe Brook and Nuttall Lane should be reinstated. These would leave Bury at 4.25pm and 5.25pm.
It is also proposed that the Saturday services from Bury at 3.15pm, 4.25pm and 5.35pm are also reinstated.
As the service is subsidised by TfGM, this appears to be the only financially realistic opportunity we have of securing these later buses from Bury to our areas.
Before a final decision is made by TfGM, they want our views. If there is a positive response, then it is hoped that the services would be reinstated from 31 October 2016.
Please let us have your views here: