Oldham bus station
Oldham West Street bus station in 2008
|Opened||2001 (Cheapside), 2006 (West Street)|
|Managed by||Transport for Greater Manchester|
|No. of stands||12|
|Operators||First Greater Manchester, Stagecoach Manchester, Checkmate Transport, JPT, Stotts, Manchester Community Transport|
Oldham bus station is a bus station located in the town of Oldham in Greater Manchester. The bus station is found on Cheapside at the junction of West Street. The bus station opened in January 2001 and replaced the previous bus station at Town Square and the bus stops on Cheapside and West Street. The bus station is run by Transport for Greater Manchester.
In the past, there were three termini in Oldham, West Street, Town Square and Mumps Bridge with services terminating in Oldham, arriving from western areas, at West Street and services arriving from eastern areas terminating at Town Square. Mumps Bridge is used as a terminus for First Greater Manchester (formerly GM Buses/GM Buses North) services, as the depot is located at Mumps Bridge. When the bus station opened, all services terminating in the town (with the exception of some First service which terminate at Mumps Bridge) would terminate at the new bus station.
The new station opened in January 2001 and within the first two years of opening, it won two awards. Originally, there were eight stands in the bus station, A to H. Due to the number of buses arriving in Oldham every hour, plus National Express coaches which also uses the bus station as a stopping place, it was decided, to avoid congestion, that some services would use bus stops on West Street, which is around the corner from the bus station. After complaints from passengers waiting for buses on West Street of suffering from the elements, GMPTE decided to build a smaller bus station, based on the one on Cheapside for West Street. This opened in September 2006 at a cost of £2.2m. Now, there are, in total, 12 stands, from A to H and J to M.
There are plenty of buses that use Oldham Bus Station. The majority of services are run by First Greater Manchester with the remainder of services run by Checkmate Transport, JPT, Stagecoach Manchester and Stotts, while Manchester Community Transport provides the free Metroshuttle service linking the bus station and the town centre with the temporary Oldham Mumps Metrolink station.
There are frequent buses running to Manchester, Rochdale, Ashton-under-Lyne and Middleton plus several parts of the Oldham area including Shaw, Royton, Chadderton, Saddleworth, Rushcroft, Holts Estate, Fitton Hill, Waterhead, Sholver, Lees, Grotton, Hollinwood and Failsworth. Buses also run from Oldham to Stalybridge, Hyde and Huddersfield.
The bus services that use Oldham Bus Station and its Stand Letter are: (Places in bold are where services terminate)
|Monday-Saturday Daytime||Evenings & Sundays|
|58||First Greater Manchester||Middleton via Chadderton and Mills Hill||B||Service 59|
|Rochdale via Shaw and Milnrow||E||Service 59 to Shaw|
|59||First Greater Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Chadderton, Middleton and Cheetham Hill||B||B|
|Rushcroft via Shaw||E||E|
|64||First Greater Manchester||Manchester Shudehill via Royton, Stottfield, Mills Hill, Boarshaw, Middleton and Dam Head||F||-|
|Middleton via Royton, Stottfield, Mills Hill and Boarshaw||-||F|
|76||Stagecoach Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Limeside, Failsworth and Brookdale Park||J||J1|
|78||Stagecoach Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Limeside, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Brookdale Park||Service 76||J|
|81||First Greater Manchester||Derker||C||C|
|Manchester Piccadilly via Werneth, Moston and Collyhurst||M||M|
|81A||First Greater Manchester||Holts Estate via Waterhead and Lees||C||C|
|Manchester Piccadilly via Werneth, Moston and Collyhurst||M||M1|
|82||First Greater Manchester2
|Lees via Waterhead||service 81A||C2|
|Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath||service 83||H2|
|83||First Greater Manchester||Sholver via Moorside||G||G|
|Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath||H||H|
|149||First Greater Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Moston, Cheetham Hill and Broughton||K||K|
|Alt Estate via Glodwick||-||L|
|159||Manchester Community Transport||Middleton via Chadderton, Hollinwood, Woodhouses, Failsworth and New Moston||B||-|
|180||First Greater Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath||F||F|
|Greenfield via Lees and Grotton||G||G|
|183||Stagecoach Manchester||Limeside via Chamber Road||J||Service 78|
|Royal Oldham Hospital||L||Service 409|
|184||First Greater Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath||F||F|
|Huddersfield via Lees, Grotton, Uppermill, Diggle and Marsden||G3||G3|
Saturday daytime: JPT
|Hyde via Lees, Mossley and Stalybridge||G||-|
|First Greater Manchester||-||G|
|344||Stotts||Hyde via Waterhead, Lees, Mossley and Stalybridge||G4||Service 343|
|350||First Greater Manchester||Ashton-under-Lyne via Delph, Uppermill, Greenfield, Hey Farm and Mossley||C||C|
|400||Manchester Community Transport||Metroshuttle Oldham Mumps Metrolink station||C||C1|
|402||First Greater Manchester||Royton via Royal Oldham Hospital||C||-|
|406||First Greater Manchester||Mills Hill via Royal Oldham Hospital and Parkway||C||-|
|Middleton via Parkway and Mills Hill||-||C1|
|407||Stotts||Denshaw via Moorside and Pennine Meadows||C||C1|
|408||First Greater Manchester||Buckstones via Royton, High Crompton and Shaw centre||E||-|
|Shaw, Wren's Nest via Royton, High Crompton, Shaw centre and Buckstones||-||E|
|Stalybridge via Abbeyhills and Hurst Cross||F||F|
|409||First Greater Manchester||Rochdale via Royton and Thornham||A||A|
|Ashton-under-Lyne via Hathershaw||D||D|
|First Greater Manchester||Waterhead Circular via Glodwick, Clarksfield, Derker and Higginshaw||K||-|
|First Greater Manchester||Waterhead Circuar via Higginshaw, Derker, Clarksfield and Glodwick||K||-|
|415||First Greater Manchester||Middleton via Butler Green and Alkrington||B||B|
|418||Checkmate Coaches||Heyside via Royal Oldham Hospital||K||Service 409 to Hospital|
|Austerlands via Lees and Springhead||L||Service 180/184 to Springhead|
|425||First Greater Manchester||Fitton Hill via Hathershaw||M||M|
|Holts Estate via Glodwick, Alt (Not Evenings/Sundays) and Abbeyhills||L||L|
|428||First Greater Manchester||Buckstones Circular via Royton & High Crompton||E5||Service 408|
|Coaches||National Express||National Express services||C||C|
|Ring & Ride||TfGM||Ring & Ride services||M||-|
|1||Sunday daytime only|
|2||Nightbus only. First run Friday nights/Saturday mornings, Stagecoach run Saturday nights/Sunday mornings|
|3||184 terminates at five different places:|
|Oldham Mumps: Every 30 mins (Sunday daytime) plus some evening journeys|
|Grotton: 4 journeys per hour (Monday-Saturday daytime)|
|Uppermill: 3 journeys per hour (Monday-Saturday daytime); Hourly (Evenings and Sundays)|
|Diggle, via Dobcross: Hourly (Monday-Saturday daytime) plus daily journey at 2251|
|Huddersfield: Hourly (Monday-Saturday daytime); Every 2 hours (Sunday daytime)|
|4||One weekday morning journey|
|5||Monday-Friday off-peak only|
One problem with Oldham bus station is the safety of the crossings. In January 2007, 56 year old Ann Kerridge was killed after being knocked down by a bus on a crossing at the bus station with husband Brian dying shortly afterwards, which the family believed was caused by a broken heart. Following another accident at the same crossing in September 2007 and a report by GMPTE obtained by the Oldham Evening Chronicle newspaper  that shows potentially fatal flaws at the two crossings at the ends of the bus station, one being near the entrance to the Travelshop and the other near the junction of St Mary's Way, it had led to the family of Ann Kerridge to demand that the crossing should be closed.
The problem with the two crossings is that bus drivers approach the crossing on a 90 degree bend, which would restrict the view of both the driver and the pedestrian, sometimes approaching the crossing slightly too fast. Also some drivers have been known to have stopped at the junction waiting to turn right out of the bus station, blocking the crossing, making it harder and more dangerous for pedestrians to cross over. Following the report from GMPTE, the pedestrian crossings have been re-allocated to the sides of the bus station next to stands G and H.
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