A NEW Sunday bus service connecting Denshaw with the rest of Saddleworth directly through to Tameside could signal an improved public transport system for the area.
The newly numbered 355 runs every two hours, linking Denshaw to Dobcross and Delph plus Uppermill on a journey eventually terminating in Ashton.
Previously, the 354 only ran from Ashton to Uppermill on Sundays.
This service is part of the work Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are doing following the Saddleworth Transport Survey carried out last year.
The 353 and 354 services still run Monday to Saturdays while the 355 provides a service that covers all the areas covered previously on Sundays as well as Denshaw.
As a result of their survey, TFGM have tendered for an hourly service which would run between Saddleworth’s villages, designed to support the current bus and train network.
Royce Franklin, Chair of the Saddleworth and Lees Transport and Traffic Sub-Committee, said: “A decision will be made on any potential new service once tender documents have been received.
“If acceptable, the service would run from village to village, leaving each bus stop at the same time each hour.
“While the service would undoubtedly assist the residents of Saddleworth, its implementation depends on funding.
“If successful, the new service would start in April next year.”