THE Rambler will ride again after transport bosses confirmed Saddleworth’s unique bus service has received the green light to remain on the road.
There were fears the 356 service – better known as the Rambler – could be axed because of lack of use.
But now Transport for Greater Manchester and Saddleworth Parish Council have confirmed the service has been re-commissioned following a tendering process.
Figures shown to the Independent show more than 21,000 passengers travelled on the Rambler between May 2018 and January 2019.
Councillor Paul Fryer, chairman of the Parish Council’s Traffic and Transport Committee, said:
“I welcome news the Rambler is to continue serving the people of Saddleworth for another year.
“But the message is still the same ‘use it or lose it’. The bus has quickly become a familiar sight on our local roads.
“But for it to continue, Saddleworth folk need to continue to support it and help reduce car journeys.”
A spokesperson for Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “The 356 Saddleworth Rambler service was recently re-commissioned as part of a tendering process and will continue to be operated, on a subsidised basis, by Nexus Move through to April 2020.
“This shows our commitment to listening to the needs of transport users and to making travel easier by providing accessible ways of making essential journeys.
“As well as offering vital local transport links, the service also opens up greater connection with rail services, making it easier for people in the area to access leisure, retail and employment destinations.”
The Rambler service was launched in 2018 with the first bus leaving Denshaw on April 9. It connects the village with Delph, Dobcross, Uppermill and Greenfield.
Patronage figures produced show November 2018 was the busiest month with 2,736.
The full list is:
May 2018: 1,625
June 2018: 2,400
July 2018: 2,475
August 2018: 2,331
September 2018: 2,619
October 2018: 2,700
November 2018: 2,736
December 2018: 2,245
January 2018: 2,428
Total: 21, 559