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Christmas service changes

Service changes from Monday 24 December to Saturday 5 January

There will be some changes to services on several days over Christmas.

The ‘Christmas services’ guide is now online and available from TfGM Travelshops at bus stations and interchanges across Greater Manchester.

Please note that the original printed guide was produced on Thursday 29 November. Further announcements on changes to services on the selected days may still occur at a later date. Please check with your operator before you travel.

Below is a summary of changes to each mode during the festive season.

Please remember to plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.


Bus

Please remember to plan ahead and check with your bus operator before you travel on any of the dates listed below.

  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Buses will run a normal or modified weekday service, or Saturday service with additional early morning buses on some routes. Buses will stop running from 6pm onwards.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    Stagecoach will run special daytime buses on service 43. No other buses will run.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    Special buses will run on these services:
    Arriva 245 and 247.
    Diamond 126, 132 and 300.
    First V1, V2, 8, 17, 36, 37, 68, 81, 83, 93, 98, 100, 135, 163, 184, 409, 471 and 582.
    Rosso 468, 469 and Red4.
    Transdev X43.
    Stagecoach 23, 42, 43, 50, 76, 85, 86, 101, 118, 192, 201, 203, 204, 216, 219, 250, 256, 330 and X50.
    Special buses will also run between Manchester city centre and Old Trafford for Manchester United v Huddersfield Town match.
    No other buses will run.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    Buses will run a normal or modified weekday service, or Saturday service with additional early morning buses on some routes.

  • Saturday 29 December
    Normal Saturday service.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Normal Sunday service.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Buses will run a normal or modified weekday service, or Saturday service with additional early morning buses on some routes. Most buses will stop running from 6pm onwards.
    Stagecoach 42, 43, 86, 192, 201 and 219 run until approximately 4am on the morning of New Year’s Day.

  • Tuesday 1 January 2019, New Year’s Day
    Special daytime buses will run on these services:
    Stagecoach 42, 43, 86, 101, 192, 201, 203, 219 and 250.
    No other buses will run.

  • Wednesday 2 January to Friday 4 January
    Normal service resumes for some services except a modified weekday timetable will run on First and Stagecoach routes.

  • Saturday 5 January onwards
    Normal service resumes.

Free bus in Manchester city centre and Metroshuttle

  • Free bus in Manchester city centre: Buses will run every day except Christmas Day. Services 1 and 2 will run a Sunday timetable on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

  • Bolton and Stockport Metroshuttle: Buses will not run on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
    All services run normally on other days.


  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Normal Monday service with last trams departing Manchester city centre at approximately 9pm.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    Saturday service with extra trams for Manchester United v Huddersfield Town match. Access to Piccadilly Metrolink stop will be from Fairfield Street only.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    Normal weekday service.

  • Saturday 29 December
    Normal Saturday service.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Sunday service with extra trams for Manchester United v Bournemouth match. Trams on the Bury, Rochdale and Manchester Airport lines will be affected by planned engineering works until 8am, with replacement buses in operation.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Saturday service with last trams departing from Manchester city centre at approximately 1am on New Year’s Day.

  • Tuesday 1 January 2019, New Year’s Day
    Sunday service.

  • Wednesday 2 January onwards
    Normal weekday service resumes.


Trains

Industrial action is likely to affect rail services during the festive period. Currently the only strike date announced during this period is Saturday 29 December but please check Northern rail’s website for further announcements.

  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Normal Monday service, but trains will stop running from 7pm onwards.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    No service.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    Weekday service excluding some early morning trains. No services will run to/from Manchester Victoria. Rail replacement bus services will operate between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, Rochdale and Salford Central. The line between Warrington Central and Widnes will be closed. Local stopping services will operate between Manchester Oxford Road and Warrington Central with other services diverted via Newton-le-Willows. Some changes will also be made to late night services on 27 December.

  • Saturday 29 December
    Saturday service with changes due to engineering works at Warrington Central.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Sunday service with changes due to engineering works at Warrington Central.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Monday service with changes due to engineering works at Warrington Central. Trains will stop running from 7pm onwards.

  • Tuesday 1 January, 2019, New Year’s Day
    Altered service with changes due to engineering works at Warrington Central.

  • Wednesday 2 January onwards
    Normal service resumes.

For details of changes due to engineering works visit Northern or Transpennine Express or phone 03457 48 49 50.


Ring and Ride

  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Normal Monday service.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    No service.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    Normal weekday service.

  • Saturday 29 December
    Normal Saturday service.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Normal Sunday service.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Normal Monday service.

  • Tuesday 1 January, 2019, New Year’s Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 2 January
    Normal weekday service resumes.


  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Normal Monday service until approximately 9pm.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    No service.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    Normal weekday service.

  • Saturday 29 December
    Normal Saturday service.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Normal Sunday service.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Normal service until approximately 9pm.

  • Tuesday 1 January, 2019, New Year’s Day
    No service.

  • Wednesday 2 January
    Normal weekday service resumes.


Customer Services opening times

  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    8am to 6pm.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    Closed.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    8am to 6pm.

  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December
    7am to 8pm.

  • Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December
    8am to 8pm.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    8am to 6pm.

  • Tuesday 1 January, 2019, New Year’s Day
    Closed.

  • Wednesday 2 January
    8am to 8pm

  • Thursday 3 January onwards
    Normal opening hours.


Travelshop opening times

  • Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
    Altrincham 10am to 4pm.
    Piccadilly Gardens 7am to 4pm.
    All other Travelshops 8.30am to 4pm.

  • Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
    Closed.

  • Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
    Closed.

  • Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 December
    Normal opening hours.

  • Sunday 30 December
    Altrincham 9.30am to 5pm.
    Piccadilly Gardens 10am to 5.30pm.
    All other Travelshops closed.

  • Monday 31 December, New Year’s Eve
    Altrincham 6.30am to 4pm.
    Piccadilly 7am to 4pm.
    Shudehill 7am to 4pm.
    All other Travelshops 8.30am to 4pm.

  • Tuesday 1 January, 2019, New Year’s Day
    Altrincham 9.20am to 4.50pm.
    All other Travelshops closed.

  • Wednesday 2 January onwards
    Normal opening hours.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the period.
  • Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during the Christmas period.
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so UTC Engineers can optimise traffic flows by altering signal timings.

  • Providing travel advice during the Christmas period.


Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.

We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.