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neWs / regional
KEY Greater Manchester Integrated
Transport Authority (GMITA) has
agreed to extend the operating
hours of Oldham Shopping Link
A B-listed former bus WALES for residents in areas west of
depot in the Anniesland
Oldham to run on Saturdays
area of Glasgow is to be
between 8am and 10pm, and on
demolished to make way
Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
for flats and houses. The old SOUTH WEST The service will be available
Knightswood garage, off to take residents to and from
Great Western Road opened the Tesco supermarket in
in 1932 and closed in 2004. It Chadderton, and will be available
will now be flattened and two to people of all ages.
three-storey blocks of flats and The existing weekday Oldham
16 townhouses will be built, Shopping Link, which serves
adding to homes already on Failsworth, Chadderton, Royton
the site. and Shaw, Saddleworth, and
Oldham Central, will continue to
Buses run by volunteers run Mondays to Fridays between
will be on the streets 9.30am to 5.30pm, and is available
of Huddersfield again this to people with mobility problems
Christmas. Members of the and people aged 60 and over.
Green Party will staff a festive The weekday service is
bus service on Boxing Day and supported by GMITA, while the
New Year’s Day, serving areas extension to the weekend service
where regular buses are off the is being funded by Oldham
roads. Clr Andrew Cooper, who Metropolitan Borough Council
has been involved as a driver
sCotland north
using contributions from the
on the service from the start, A partnership between the In York, city officials are to developer of the supermarket.
said: “It began as a protest £330million Maxim Office Park in instruct bus drivers to drive at no Councillor David White, chair
against bus services being Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire more than 20mph in the city after of GMITA’s Bus Network and
withdrawn over Christmas 17 Council and Strathclyde hearing claims of aggressive bus GMPTE Services Committee,
years ago. We now have Boxing Partnership for Transport will handling. said: “Door-to-door services are
Day services back in a lot of create a £100,000-a-year service The controversy comes as the an essential part of our public
the Huddersfield area but now which will let staff access a fast- executive member for city strategy transport network as they give
we need to get a return of the response dial-a-bus service. Coun Steve Galloway considers access to shopping and other
New Year Day’s service. We will The on-demand service at the proposals to impose 20mph activities for people who cannot
continue to campaign for their Eurocentral base will begin on speed limits on all traffic in some get to commercial bus services.
return until we win!” January 11. residential streets in the city. “We have worked in
North Lanarkshire councillor Coun Galloway pledged that conjunction with Oldham Council
A second bus station and SPT vice chairman, David council officers would suggest to provide this weekend service
could be created in Fagan, said: “It’s great news the speed limit proposal to their for residents of Chadderton,
Walsall to try and ease traffic that SPT, North Lanarkshire regular meetings with First York. Royton and Shaw, and we will
congestion clogging up the Council and Maxim have come A spokesman for First said he review its effectiveness in 12
town centre. Centro is in talks up with a practical solution that was “surprised” the council was months’ time.
with Walsall Council and bus makes the site more accessible discussing a speed restriction. He “We encourage Oldham
operators over taking control for local people seeking jobs said: “Our fleet of more than 100 residents to spread the word
of the Bradford Place terminus there. buses in York have been installed about Oldham Shopping Link by
and converting it into a proper “There is a lot of talk these with DriveGreen, a piece of letting their families and friends
station. It follows complaints days about local partnership equipment, much like a miniature know about it.”
the existing terminus is unable working providing better services traffic light, which immediately
to cope with up to 50 buses and this is a real example of that.” shows drivers if they have made an
an hour using it and causing The responsive service will be unnecessary driving manoeuvre. East Staff Borough Council’s
chaos in surrounding streets as available until 10.30pm in the More importantly, this data is claim that it has been left to
drivers queue to get in and out. evenings, Monday to Saturday then sent back to base to allow foot a £1 million funding gap
and complement Maxim’s the driver and their managers to for concessionary bus travel has
Copeland Council existing bus services. ‘score’ a journey and therefore been rubbished by Burton MP
may have to cut The Maxim Office Park, make improvements to driving. Janet Dean.
free concessionary fares Britain’s largest speculative office “Early indications are that our A meeting of East Staffordshire
for over-60s during development, was opened in drivers have been improving in Borough Council’s ruling Tory
peak times, following September by First Minister Alex York.” cabinet heard the authority
government proposals to Salmond and Olympic cyclist He said fuel was also being receives £400,000 a year in
cut reimbursement funding Sir Chris Hoy. The development saved and said First would hold Government funding towards
from an expected £218,000 to provides ten international- more talks with the council about the £1.4 million cost of fulfilling
£110,000 for next year. County class offices with more than driving standards. concessionary fares.
and district councils are writing 756,000sq ft of grade A space in n A door-to-door bus service Mrs Dean said the Tory claims
to the government objecting to a landscaped environment which has begun a 12-month trial in were exaggerated as the £400,000
the proposed cuts. also offers leisure facilities. Chadderton, Royton and Shaw. figure referred only to the
22 CBW December 16, 2009
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