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SALFORD MEDIA CITY BUS PRICE HIKE
 

Star date: 2nd September 2012

UP TO 60% PRICE INCREASE ON MEDIACITYUK BUS

In July, the Salford Star revealed that the pink Quays Link bus, which travels from The Crescent to Media City every ten minutes, was being withdrawn and the service taken over by Stagecoach on September 2nd.

At the time, Salford's Assistant Mayor for Transport announced that he was "pleased" with the change. But ticket prices have risen by up to 60%. Is he still pleased?

Click here for full details…


Salford Media City Bus Price Hike Salford Media City Bus Price Hike
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The Media City bus, launched only last year with big public subsidies to ferry students and workers from The Crescent to Media City, via Salford Precinct, is, from today, no more.

The service has been taken over by Stagecoach, which has extended its number 50 double decker route, Connect 50, from East Didsbury to Media City, via the same stops. At the time this was revealed, Assistant Mayor for Transport, Roger Jones, announced that he was "pleased" with the decision (click here for full story) but since then Salford Star readers have commented that the route faces price rises of up to 60%. One commenter, Andrew, calculated the following rises…

Crescent - Precinct £1.20 (single), a 20% increase
Crescent – Media City £1.60, a 60% increase.
Precinct - MediaCity £1.60, a 60% increase
Day Ticket £2.50, a 56% increase.
The only saving, he stated, is that Stagecoach's Dayrider, at £3.90, is cheaper than the Firstday ticket which is £4.50 which only counts if you want to travel to South Manchester.

University of Salford students continue to get free travel on the route. With the only positive seemingly that the bus service starts earlier in the morning and runs later at night than the previous Media City bus, we asked Councillor Jones for his thoughts on the fact that Salford people might now find themselves priced out of using the bus…

"Yes I understand their concern" he stated "but they must bear a number of points in mind…

1. In Greater Manchester, Stagecoach have the lowest fares compared to the other big two bus operators - First and Arriva. Also Stagecoach are the best performing of the big three operators.

2. Because First operate 75% of Salford bus services I would like to encourage Stagecoach to operate more bus services so that we have proper competition.

3. The previous service was operated on a huge public subsidy which could not continue beyond two years - the whole aim of this subsidy was to make sure that an operator was encouraged to step in and run it on a commercial basis. I am very pleased that this has happened.

4. I am not sure on a national or regional basis what we can do about high bus fares. The Government and local authorities are cutting subsidy to the bus operators and this results in either cuts in bus services (those that are not profitable) or higher fares."

Seems that Salford people have got higher fares…

For further details of Connect 50 with links to the full list of ticket prices and timetable, click here

Bus graphic by Jamie Reid

Paul M wrote
at 14:42:04 on 01 October 2012
I've been using the 50 since it started coming to Salford. It's late for the VAST majority of time. It is nothing like the regular "every 10 minutes" promised; nor does it even make sense. Some stop in Albert Square, some at Salford Central, and then some go to Salford Quays. The whole scheme is an expensive insult. I think we can all safely assume what Stagecoach will do to address this: NOTHING. They give utterly ridiculous responses to the complaints I know are piling in (and no, they're not all from me!) It took me 1h40m to get from Whithington to Salford Uni this morning, thank you very much Stagecoach.
 
Rod Harrison wrote
at 14:30:15 on 14 September 2012
Arriva are owned by the German National Railway Company and are completely separate from Stagecoach. It is about time that people in Manchester could travel across town without changing buses and even bus stations.
 
Head Screwed On wrote
at 14:01:22 on 06 September 2012
Your article above states "..."The Government and local authorities are cutting subsidy to the bus operators and this results in either cuts in bus services (those that are not profitable) or higher fares." Seems that Salford people have got higher fares…" So given that you've already pointed out the two options, cuts or price hikes - and confirmed that Salfordians have got higher fares - would you prefer the alternative and have vital community links and bus routes cut? ... Thought not.
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 06:15:48 on 04 September 2012
Bus services in grenoble are frequent, clean, cheap but then again they are not organised by the muppets known as the tgfm. Sorry but as long as you vote labour these clowns will ruin your lives with ill informed choices.
 
wrote
at 13:52:16 on 03 September 2012
The useless, idle clowncil cretins need to smash the Glaswegian Mafia stranglehold in this rotton city . New word for mayor funkychicken: Mafiabusripoffbastards.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 12:16:47 on 03 September 2012
Hold on, has our Asst. Mayor for Transport forgotten something? The Glaswegian Mafia still has its grip on Salford - you claim a third service provider and yes this is true - Arriva run shuttles through Salford, but seeing as Arriva are owned by Stagecoach - It's not earth shattering news to hear the Mafia stranglehold on Public Transport is still in operation.
 
Sick of it all wrote
at 18:40:09 on 02 September 2012
Firstbus are a disgrace. Rip off fares . Erratic bus service . Drivers half asleep and driving past customers. What happened to the Night Service during the week ? Utter bullshit and crap cowboy outfit . Competition is needed in this dead city , to force competitive prices , and to end Firstbus blatant extortion. Get it sorted , Idle Clouncil.
 
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