Stagecoach Manchester will launch an express service from the recently opened Hazel Grove Park & Ride to Manchester City Centre on 26th October. The service is being enhanced following requests from customers wishing to use the increasingly popular site.
The limited stop service, which will run with the new X92 route number, will cut journey times by approximately 15 minutes, providing practical and affordable travel into Manchester City Centre as the region begins its Christmas preparations.
Following its departure from Hazel Grove, the X92 express service stops at Commercial Road, Stepping Hill Hospital, Nangreave Road, Grand Central, Mersey Square, Travis Street for Piccadilly Station, Whitworth Street, Aytoun Street and Piccadilly Gardens. The complete journey takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
The X92 will operate during peak times Monday to Friday, and all regular Stagecoach fares and tickets are available. Alternatively, the regular 192 service operates up to every 10 minutes during the day, seven days a week.
Stagecoach Manchester invested £3m in the 400-space Park & Ride facility, which opened in July, and includes cycle parking spaces part-funded through Transport for Greater Manchester.
Located on a stretch of the heavily-congested A6, the facility is served by a £12m fleet of 40 hybrid electric buses equipped with free Wi-Fi and links Stockport to central Manchester.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “We’ve been listening closely to what our customers have had to say following the July launch of the Park & Ride, and following that feedback, Stagecoach Manchester has launched the new X92 service, which allows commuters to travel into Manchester city centre quicker as we approach the busiest time of year for many of the region’s businesses. It’s always going to be a challenge to get on top of traffic conditions on the A6, but we feel that these new journeys will offer the fastest route into the city.
“Stagecoach Manchester is continually reviewing routes, taking on board feedback from our customers and investing in services, which enables us to serve the local community in the best possible way.”